ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office on Saturday said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not hold any bilateral meetings on the sidelines of US-Arab-Islamic Summit being held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In response to media reports regarding premier’s possible bilateral meeting with the US President Donald Trump at the summit, FO spokesperson said, “The very full agenda of the half-day summit, which is expected to have the participation of more than 35 leaders of the Islamic world as well as Secretary Generals of the OIC, Arab League and GCC, does not permit sideline bilateral meetings.”
Media reports earlier claimed that efforts were underway to arrange a maiden bilateral meeting between Trump and Nawaz in Saudi Arabia.
The meeting, if it takes place, will provide an opportunity to both sides to listen to each other’s perspective as well as concerns on a range of issues covering bilateral cooperation and current regional and international issues, a report said.
PM Nawaz will leave for Saudi Arabia on Sunday on a two-day visit to attend the US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh. He is attending the moot on the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.