US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, after meeting with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad, said that President Donald Trump should meet Prime Minister Imran Khan as soon as possible to reset long-difficult US relations with Pakistan and to boos Afghanistan Peace Process. He also called PM Imran as ‘agent of change.
“I’m going to urge him (Trump) to meet with the prime minister as soon as practical,” Graham told reporters, saying he believed Khan and Trump would “hit it off” because they have “similar personalities”. “Prime Minister Khan is the agent of change that I’ve been looking for,” he added, lauding the premier’s vision for a political resolution of the Afghan issue.
“With Prime Minister Khan, we have a unique opportunity to change our relationship,” he said. A previously transactional relationship, based on rewards for services rendered, should be replaced by “strategic engagement”, including a free trade agreement, he said.
“I’ve seen things change here and all in a positive direction,” Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who has generally been a staunch supporter of Trump, told the news conference. While speaking to media, the Senator also mentioned that Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa had hosted a dinner in his honour. He said whatever the Pakistan Army has done in the past 18 months has been the US’ wish for 18 years.
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23 August, 2019