Pakistan has decided to send an envoy to the US to hold meetings with Donald Trump’s transition team, two days after a "productive” telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the President-elect.
Pakistani Prime Minister's special assistant for foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi will visit the US this weekend to meet officials of the Trump transition team.
Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani confirmed the report of Fatemi's meeting with officials of Trump transition team. "Besides meeting members of the transition team, Fatemi will meet officials of the outgoing Obama administration," said Jilani.
US President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to take the oath on January 20 but he has already set up a provisional team, encouraging foreign leaders and officials to visit his headquarters in New York for familiarisation meetings.
Fatemi, who is coming on a two—week official visit, is also expected to meet some members of this team and in Washington, "he will also meet new US lawmakers elected last month,” Jilani told a news briefing at the embassy.
"This is a very important visit as much has happened in Washington since the November 8 elections," Jilani said.
Donald Trump has been criticised by both the opposition Democrats and the media for "talking to foreign leaders… without consulting US officials’’.
Last week, Sharif had called Trump to congratulate him as the two leaders discussed various issues.
According to a statement issued by the office of Pakistan Prime Minister, Donald Trump told Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan is a "fantastic” country full of "fantastic” people that he "would love” to visit as president.
The statement also added that Trump described Sharif as a "terrific” leader.”
"Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems,” the statement quoted Donald Trump as saying.
The Trump transition team, however, clarified on Friday that though US president-elect Donald Trump did have a ‘productive conversation’ with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over telephone on Wednesday, it lacked the "flowery language” included in the Pakistani version of this talk.
According to a report in ‘Dawn’, the Trump transition team pointed out that the Pakistani readout of the talk "committed the president-elect to more than what he meant”.