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PR No. 152 REPUBLICAN SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM CALLS ON PRIME MINISTER Islamabad: September 23, 2019

Leading Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in New York today. Prime Minister Khan is in New York for participation in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, says a press release received here today from New York. Senator Graham chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Prime Minister and Senator Graham discussed bilateral relations and the regional situation. The Prime Minister appreciated Senator Graham’s support for strengthening Pakistan-U.S relations. Prime Minister Khan expressed his grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He said India’s lockdown in Kashmir had created a humanitarian crisis and posed a threat for regional stability. He said the United States could play a positive role in resolving the Kashmir dispute, which was the main obstacle to lasting peace in South Asia. The Prime Minister said Pakistan desired peace in Afghanistan and remained fully committed to working with the United States in achieving a political settlement in Afghanistan. He hoped for an early resumption of the Afghan peace process. Senator Graham said a strong, strategic partnership between Pakistan and the United States was mutually advantageous and a factor for stability in the region. He appreciated Pakistan's support for the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, and Ambassador Asad M. Khan were also present in the meeting.

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