PM Abbasi arrives in NY for UNGA


The United States suggested Vice President Pence's meeting with Abbasi as part of their efforts "to re-engage with Pakistan".

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will hold nine bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to present Pakistan's point of view on global issues and the new USA policy on South Asia, officials in Islamabad said.

The Trump administration sent a no-so-subtle message while scheduling President Donald Trump's engagements with world leaders: Pakistan was kept out of even casual meetings with Trump.

He also said that the government was not satisfied with the ongoing accountability drive.

The PM is leading Pakistan delegation to the 72nd Session of the UNGA in NY.

UK-based Financial Times had quoted the Pakistani PM as saying in a recent interview that "it seems three or four people crossed over the (Pak-Afghan) border".

The Assembly has 174 items on its agenda after a new item was inscribed on Friday.

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Talking to the Vice President of General Electric (GE) John Rice who held a meeting with him in NY, the prime minister said that are looking forward for more American companies to invest in diverse fields in Pakistan.

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Ambassador Lodhi said that the prime minister would "outline Pakistan's position on key global political, social and development issues of vital concern to the country".

Mr. John Rice, Vice President of General Electric (GE) called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in NY today.

The two leaders reportedly discussed internal party issues and the domestic political scenario during the meeting.

Prior to leaving for the U.S. where he will attend the UNGA session, the prime minister held an hour-long meeting with Nawaz Sharif.