Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Wednesday, who is visiting Pakistan for the first time. Sharif emphasized that Pakistan valued its long-standing relationship with the US and wished to enhance bilateral cooperation based on mutual respect, trust, and equality.
According to Pakistan’s state-run Associated Press, the premier stated that positive dialogue between the two nations might assist promote peace, security, and prosperity in the area. On a four-day visit to Pakistan, Omar, who made history as one of the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress, landed in Islamabad early today.
The prime minister greeted her warmly on her first visit to Pakistan, praising her courage, principles, and political struggle. He believed it would result in stronger people-to-people connections and more interactions between Pakistan’s parliament and the US Congress.
Congresswoman Omar expressed her gratitude to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and expressed her hope that her visit to Pakistan will assist to develop connections between Pakistan and the US Congress.
According to APP, she addressed subjects of mutual interest with the prime minister, including bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United States as well as the regional situation.
Maintaining that the United States remained Pakistan’s largest trading partner, the prime minister emphasized the need of enhancing bilateral cooperation, particularly in the areas of trade and investment.
He praised the Pakistani diaspora’s efforts to strengthen Pakistan-US ties, saying that Pakistan valued their contribution to the country’s development and progress.
PM Shehbaz highlighted the serious human rights situation in Indian-controlled Kashmir and the significance of a peaceful resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir conflict, which would allow the area to realize its economic potential and promote social growth.
He emphasized that if South Asia is peaceful and stable, it can focus on its growth and development. Shehbaz also highlighted the importance of a united worldwide effort to combat the scourge of Islamophobia.
President Dr. Arif Alvi, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, National Assembly (NA) Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, and Foreign Office officials were among those she met. She will visit Lahore and Azad Kashmir during his tour to Pakistan, which will last till April 24.