According to media sources, Alice Wells will land in Pakistan today. Alice Wells is the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.
Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, Dr Mohammad Faisal stated that Wells will hold a meeting while here. The meeting will be with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Finance Minister, Asad Umar, will also be asked to join.
Dr Mohammad Faisal elaborated that Wells’ aim for the meeting will be to strengthen bilateral relations. The meeting will further the previous talks between Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo.
The talks between the Qureshi and Pompeo had been regarding the situation in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s stance insists that the Afghanistan issue had no military solution; stability in the region can only come from peace.
Pompeo had visited Pakistan on 5th September to meet with the newly elected government and discuss these matters. Following this, Pompeo had invited Qureshi to also visit Washington. While there, Qureshi had held a 40 minute talk each with NSA John Bolton and then the Secretary of State.
A statement released regarding them read:
“During the meeting, Mr Qureshi and Mr Bolton discussed Pakistan-US relations and the regional situation in South Asia”.