Imran Khan gets no welcome from American leaders at the airport
Washington : In a major embarrassment for Pakistan, not a single American official turned up to welcome Prime Minister Imran Khan when he landed at the United States airport on Saturday. Mr Khan was accompanied by foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood and commerce advisor Abdul Razzak.
While there was no American official, he was welcomed by his foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and a large number of Pakistani Americans. The highest-ranking officer present at the airport was the protocol officer.
Adding more to the embarrassment was that he had to travel to his stay in the US by the metro train with no American official accompanying him.
The cricketer-turned-politician arrived aboard a commercial Qatar Airways flight and is staying at the official residence of the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan.
Imran Khan is on his maiden US trip where he is scheduled to meet the US President Donald Trump and reboot bilateral ties.
Khan, 66, is scheduled to meet President Trump at the White House on Monday during which the American leadership is likely to press him to take "decisive and irreversible" actions against terrorist and militant groups operating from Pakistani soil and facilitate peace talks with the Taliban.
Nawaz Sharif was the last Pakistani Prime Minister who had visited America in October 2015.