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Pak's FM in Washington to seek more aid

world Updated: Oct 06, 2009 13:04 IST
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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Washington on Tuesday on a three-day visit, during which he is scheduled to meet the top officials of the Obama Administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and discuss issues including seeking more aid.

Besides, Clinton, Qureshi is also scheduled to meet Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke and appraise them about the situation in the country, the fight against terrorism and discuss bilateral issues including seeking more aid from the United States.

Qureshi is also scheduled to address the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - a Washington-based think tank - and meet a number of US lawmakers.

Qureshi, who last weekend, met External Affairs Minister S M Krishna is also expected to brief the Obama Administration the progress made towards restoring the peace talks between the two countries. The Obama Administration is keen that the normalcy is restored to the relationship between India and Pakistan.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister was earlier in New York as part of a delegation led by President Asif Ali Zardari to attend the UN General Assembly session, thereafter he went to Los Angeles and Houston to address think tanks and explain his country's position on issues related to the fight against terrorism.