Pak PM In Qatar Ahead Of US-Taliban Deal

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Prime Minister Imran Khan

DOHA – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived on a day-long visit to Qatar on Thursday as the Persian Gulf nation prepares for much awaited US-Taliban peace deal.

The prime minister’s visit comes just two days before the US and Taliban are scheduled to sign a landmark peace deal here.

According to a statement by the Foreign Office, the prime minister will meet Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of Qatar during his visit.

The premier will also hold a meeting with Qatari investors and the business community.

The focus of the prime minister’s visit will be on strengthening bilateral cooperation and exchanging views on regional issues.

This will be the second visit by PM Imran to Qatar since taking office in 2018. Amir of Qatar visited Pakistan in June last year.

Khan, however, would not attend the signing ceremony which is scheduled for Saturday.

Instead Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will represent Pakistan at the ceremony to be attended by delegates from over two dozen countries.

The 18-month gruelling talks have now resulted in an imminent agreement between the militant group and the US under which foreign troops would be withdrawn from the war-torn country.

In return, the Taliban have agreed not to allow the Afghan soil to be used against any other country.

 

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