It was the primary go to by a member of US Congress since a brand new coalition authorities got here into energy in Islamabad final week.
United States Consultant Ilhan Omar has met with Pakistani leaders within the first go to by a member of Congress since a brand new coalition authorities got here into energy in Islamabad final week after the elimination of former premier Imran Khan.
In response to a authorities assertion, Omar met with President Arif Alvi at his workplace on Wednesday.
Omar, one among solely a handful of Muslim members of Congress, additionally met Khan earlier at his residence within the capital, Islamabad.
She is a Somali-born Muslim-American immigrant who represents Minnesota within the US Home of Representatives.
US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar known as on Chairman PTI in Bani Gala. They mentioned Islamophobia & associated points. @Ilhan expressed her admiration for @ImranKhanPTI & his place on & work towards Islamophobia globally. IK appreciated her brave & principled place on points. pic.twitter.com/m3kPa2poYx
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) April 20, 2022
Alvi stated within the assertion that Pakistan values its longstanding relationship with the US and hoped the “constructive engagements between the 2 international locations would promote peace and growth within the area”.
Alvi emphasised the necessity for additional enhancing bilateral relations between the 2 international locations.
The assertion quoted Omar as saying that each international locations had “enormous potential to enhance and strengthen relations”. It additionally stated Omar “appreciated the position performed by Pakistan” in combating Islamophobia.
Pakistan says it was key to getting the UN Common Meeting to approve a decision setting March 15 because the Worldwide Day to Fight Islamophobia.
The decision emphasises the fitting to freedom of faith and perception and remembers a 1981 decision calling for “the elimination of all types of intolerance and of discrimination based mostly on faith or perception.”
Omar additionally met with Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
In a press release launched by Sharif’s workplace, the prime minister stated he appreciated Omar’s “braveness of convictions and her political wrestle”.
Ms. Ilhan Omar, Member of the U.S. Home of Representatives, known as on Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in the present day.
Appreciating her braveness of convictions and her political wrestle, the Prime Minister warmly welcomed her on her first-ever go to to Pakistan.
— PMLN Authorities (@PMLNGovernment) April 20, 2022
Sharif stated Pakistan valued its longstanding relationship with the US and wished to additional deepen bilateral cooperation based mostly on mutual respect, belief and equality.
Omar additionally visited Pakistan’s overseas ministry, the place she met with the minister of state for overseas affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar.
Pakistan has been a key US ally within the so-called struggle on terror because the September 11, 2001, assaults. However relations deteriorated final month when Khan claimed the US had conspired to overthrow his authorities. Washington has denied the cost.
Khan was faraway from energy this month via a no-confidence vote by the opposition. He has been changed by Sharif, who named his cupboard on Tuesday.