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Pakistan, US hold security talks in Washington ahead of FM Bilawal’s visit

Pakistan and the United States finished security discussions in Washington on Wednesday, ahead of Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s visit later this month.

Lt-Gen Nadeem Anjum, the Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI), spent three days in Washington this week with senior security officials, including US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and CIA Director William J. Burns.

The talks are thought to have focused on “bilateral security concerns and the situation in Afghanistan since the US believes Pakistan can help stabilize the war-torn country.”

Earlier the two countries held security talks in July 2021, during which then-National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf met with Mr Sullivan at the White House.

Meanwhile, Bilawal will travel to the United States at the invitation of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken later this month.

Blinken just had a phone call with Bilawal.

This comes at a critical time for Pakistan, as former Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused the US of plotting to remove him from power. However, US State Department has denied all of the charges, claiming that they are false.

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