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US President Donald Trump talks with Narendra Modi as they attend a working session during the G20 summit in Hamburg northern Germany

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar reached London on Saturday to meet former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, reported Dunya News.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is set to attend the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in NY on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said here.

"Pakistan and US need to collaborate to pursue common objectives and issues of mutual interest", Abbasi told US Ambassador David Hale during a meeting.

It was a dressing down that left Pakistan feeling humiliated. Still, Pakistan is refusing to back down and has said several times publicly it's not interested in getting United States aid.

Apart from the Abbasi-Pence huddle, a meeting between Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also being scheduled. "We are here to give our point of view logically and with evidence".

An official explained that Abbasi-Pence meeting would provide an opportunity for understanding USA position and explaining Pakistani stance to the other side.

A PM office's statement noted that Abbasi and Hale in their meeting agreed that "decades-long relations between Pakistan and the U.S. should be further strengthened through multifaceted engagement".

India also said that it was "not informed of Jadhav's detention until long after his arrest", and learned about his death sentence through the media. The biggest challenge in the dialogue, he believes, would be to make U.S. realise Pakistan's security concerns.

Meanwhile, in his meeting with the Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the Prime Minister highlighted Pakistan's commitment for peace and stability in the region and particularly in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan has received the Memorial (written pleadings) from the International Court of Justice, submitted by the Government of India" in Jadhav's case, the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.

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