ISLAMABAD  -  PTI Chairman and prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan on Wednesday said healthy Pak-US relationship was highly important in the current scenario.

“Tehreek-e-Insaf is adamant to establish good relations with the United States based on mutual trust and respect. We view Pak-US relations in terms of trade and economic matters, to be significant,” Imran said while talking to Interim US Ambassador to Pakistan John F Hower, who visited Bani Gala.

According to details posted by PTI on its official twitter account, Pakistan-US diplomatic relations and other matters of mutual interest were discussed.

Imran Khan said, “Stable Afghanistan is beneficial for all; US, Pakistan and the region. There have been many ups and downs in Pak-US relations due to trust issues between both countries.” “It is pleasant to see voices raising from US also in favour of a political solution for Afghan war. War and use of military force has never been the solution to Afghanistan’s situation,” he added.

The PTI chairman said Pakistan has always wished for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan. “I have always pushed for a political solution for Afghan war,” he added. Meanwhile, President Islamic Republic of Iran Wednesday telephoned Prime Minister-designate and Chairman PTI Imran Khan and invited him for a formal visit to his country which chairman PTI gladly accepted.

A statement issued by PTI said that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani telephoned chairman PTI Iman Khan to congratulate him over his party’s victory in the July 25 elections. Iranian President formally invited Imran Khan to his country which he accepted gladly.

Issues of mutual interest including Pak-Iran relations and bilateral trade came under discussion.  President Rouhani said: “Pakistan and Iran are not merely neighbouring countries but also bonded by religious and cultural values.” He went on adding that Iran wished to strengthen trade and diplomatic relations with Pakistan. As soon as transition of government completes, respective foreign offices will finalise the dates for Imran Khan’s visit to Iran. Chairman PTI expressed the desire to expand and strengthen bilateral trade ties with Iran.


Our staff reporter/APP