ISLAMABAD ( Associated Press) – US envoy Ilhan Omar met with Pakistani leaders on Wednesday for his first visit to Congress since the ouster of former Prime Minister Imran Khan and a new coalition government in Islamabad.
According to a government statement, Omar met with President Arif Alvie at his office. Omar, a member of the Muslim Congress, had previously met with Khan at his residence in the capital, Islamabad.
Omar is a Somali-American Muslim immigrant who represented Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives.
Alvi said in a statement that he values Pakistan’s long-standing relationship with Washington and “hopes that constructive relations between the two countries will promote peace and development in the region.” Alvi stressed the need to further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.
The statement quoted Omar as saying that the two countries “have great potential to improve and strengthen their relations”. He also praised Pakistan for its role in fighting Islamophobia.
She said Pakistan was key to getting the UN General Assembly to adopt a resolution on March 15, the International Day for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The resolution emphasizes the right to freedom of religion and belief and recalls the 1981 resolution calling for the elimination of all forms of intolerance and discrimination against religion or belief.
Omar met with Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Shabaz Sharif.
In a statement, the sheriff’s office said he appreciated Omar’s “judicial courage and political struggle.”
He said Pakistan valued its long-standing relationship with the United States and wanted to further strengthen bilateral cooperation based on mutual respect, trust and equality.
Omar visited Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, where he met with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabani Kar.
Following the September 11, 2001, attacks, Pakistan became a key ally of the United States in the war on terror. But relations soured last month when Khan announced a plot to overthrow the United States. Washington denies the allegations.
Khan was ousted this month by a vote of no confidence in the opposition. Instead, Prime Minister Sharif announced his cabinet a day earlier.