WASHINGTON: The US State Department said on Tuesday that the White House had as yet not officially confirmed about a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and United States President Donald Trump.
In the weekly press briefing, US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus expressed complete unawareness about any such meeting. She said she would approach the White House to inquire about it. “At the moment, the State Department has nothing to tell in this regard,” she said when she was asked who was PM Imran Khan expected to meet during his visit later this month.
The spokesperson said she had herself read the same reports that were read by others.
In a clarification of the news, Spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammad Faisal has asked media to refrain from speculations about the prime minister’s visit. “We are in close contact with the US side. As per practice, formal announcements are made at the appropriate time,” he tweeted.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said Imran Khan would avoid expensive five-star hotels and stay at the residence of Pakistani ambassador to the US, while his staff would stay at a three-star hotel.
It may be noted that after reports in Pakistani media that the premier was invited by Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend Eastern Economic Forum, which will also be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Moscow had to give clarification that PM Imran Khan was not invited for the forum being held from September 4 to 6.
Dr Faisal had said, “Reports appearing in media about Prime Minister’s participation in Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Russia are speculative. Pakistan and Russia remain in contact about engagement at the highest level. Any announcement in this regard would be made formally at appropriate time.”