WASHINGTON - US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is sponsoring a resolution in the Congress to welcome Prime Nawaz Sharif when he visits the United States later this month.

Prime Minister Sharif is visiting the United States at the invitation of President Barack Obama which was delivered to him by the Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, during a visit in August.

The visit, likely in the third week of October, comes weeks after the prime minister attended the UN General Assembly in New York in September.

Prime Minister Sharif will kick-off his visit by attending a major business conference in Chicago, which will be participated by US business leaders and a business delegation from Pakistan. The prime minister will also have a roundtable with CEOs of leading companies and will interact with Pakistani American community in US.

The prime minister will meet President Obama, important cabinet members and foreign policy makers during his stay in Washington.

Congresswoman Lee, who is sponsoring the resolution to welcome the prime minister, is the Chairperson of Pakistani Caucus in the US House of Representatives and is an influential voice in Washington.

Meanwhile, in her video message at the second Convention of Pakistani-American Community in Washington on Saturday, Congresswoman Lee appreciated the positive contribution of the Pakistani-American diaspora in the United States in all walks of life.

Speaking on the occasion, ambassador Jilani said that Prime Minister Sharif's visit will give a further boost to expanding ties between Pakistan and the United States.

Ambassador Jilani said that Pakistan attached great importance to the welfare of overseas Pakistanis, and appreciated their role in strengthening US-Pakistan ties. A large number of leading Pakistani-American community leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals, representatives of Pakistani community organisations, political activists, members of civil society and academicians from across the United States participated in the Convention, according to an embassy press release.

As a part of his outreach efforts, the release said, the convention was hosted by Ambassador Jilani to deepen Embassy's collaboration with the growing Pakistani diasopra, as part of Embassy's public diplomacy to engage the Pakistani American community. The Consuls General of Pakistan in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston were also present in the Convention. Ambassador Jilani briefed the convention on the "positive developments" taking place in Pakistan in economy and counter-terrorism and the prime minister's vision of peaceful neighborhood.

The participants discussed various aspects of Pakistan's economy, trade, security situation, foreign policy, and the role of Pakistani community in the socio-economic development of the country, the press release said. Senior officials from the State Department, United States Trade Representatives and USAID also spoke in the Convention and briefed the participants on the importance the US Government attached to its relationship with Pakistan and the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.