Pakistan PM backs FM's 'in-house cleaning' remarks

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Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said nine bilateral meetings, including with US Vice President Mike Pence, have been confirmed and more could also take place as the prime minister's visit proceeds. But all eyes are on on his Sept 21 meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence.

The Prime Minister office has rejected the controversial remarks attributed to PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi regarding any kind of involvement of Pakistanis in a recent attack in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

"We are committed to expand our business in Pakistan", the GE vice president said.

The Prime Minister who arrived on a special plane in NY was received by Permanent Representative to the UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan Ambassador to the US Aizaz Chaudhry and senior officials. He will also have talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

They agreed that there is no military solution of the Afghan conflict and the efforts should continue for a regional approach for an internal political settlement in Afghanistan through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.

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The PM is leading Pakistan delegation to the 72nd Session of the UNGA in NY. It is entitled: "The responsibility to protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity".

The two sides also appreciated the regular high level exchanges between the two countries and the institutional interaction through the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council. He will outline Pakistan's positions on key global political, social and development issues of vital concern to the country.

The Prime Minister House of Pakistan in a statement said "The remarks are simply baseless and have no reference to discussions with any media person".

Prime Minister Abbasi said Pakistan and Turkey extended support to each other on the issues of their vital national interests.

The UN visit will be Abbasi's debut into the highest worldwide diplomacy, after being sworn in as prime minister last month.

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