US diplomat and former ambassador, Alice Wells on Monday has been scheduled to hold meetings with high-level officials in Islamabad.
According to the details, Alice Wells will discuss matters pertaining to mutual interest and regional security with Pakistan leadership.
She will remain in Islamabad from January 19 to January 22.
Her tour to Pakistan is a part of a 10-day visit to the region.
The US envoy had also visited Sri Lanka and India before Pakistan tour.
Meanwhile, the US State Department has hoped that relations with Pakistan will further strengthen through this visit.
We are happy to welcome Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells to #Pakistan! PDAS Wells plans to meet with Pakistani officials and others to discuss progress on various issues in our growing relationship. #Partners4Prosperity #USPAK #USinPAK #USEmbassyISB pic.twitter.com/FnmsRQOwsO
— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) January 19, 2020
Earlier, the US department had expressed concerns over the arrests of political leaders and residents and communication blackout in occupied Kashmir.
US Secretary of State Alice Wells said, “We look forward to a return to normalcy in the valley.”
She also stated that US is closely following the trip of diplomats to Jammu & Kashmir.
Alice Wells arrives Islamabad, Pakistan
Wells visit to Pakistan comes on the heels of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s visit to United States where he met with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande in New York.
The US lawmakers then exchanged views on Pakistan-US bilateral relations and important regional and other matters of mutual interest.
The matters included Afghanistan peace process and Kashmir issue.
During Shah Mehmood’s meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said Pakistan desired peace and stability in the region.
Pakistan commits to play its role ending the prevailing tension in the region, FM said.
Furthermore, Qureshi told his American counterpart that it due to the joint peace efforts of Pakistan and US that after 40 years of long confrontation.
He said that Pakistan was playing its sincere role for the common cause of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pompeo appreciated Pakistan for its sincere and mediatory efforts for a political solution in Afghanistan.
He also appreciated for “Afghan peace process” as well as for a peaceful neighborhood.
Wells’ last visit to Islamabad in August 2019 had come a day after the Indian government had rushed through a presidential decree to abolish Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Indian occupied Kashmir.