ISLAMABAD, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will pay an official visit to the United States from October 20 to 23, the Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.
During the visit, Sharif will hold wide-ranging talks with U.S. President Barack Obama, a Foreign Ministry statement said. This will be the first meeting between the two leaders.
This will also be the first official visit by a Prime Minister to the United States in five years.
Sharif will also meet Vice President Biden and members of Congress.
He will attend a business event organized by U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, address the Institute of Peace and interact with the Pakistani-American community.
"The upcoming visit of the Prime Minister will afford an opportunity to highlight the priorities of the Government for economic development of Pakistan, discuss measures to strengthen bilateral cooperation and enhance trade and investment and share his vision about peace and stability in our region," the statement said.
Pakistan and the U.S. share convergence on a wide range of issues including peace and stability in South Asia and Middle East as well as extremism and terrorism, the Foreign Ministry said.
Prime Minister Sharif and President Obama had a telephone conversation in May, when President Obama congratulated the Prime Minister on his party's victory in general elections and appreciated smooth democratic transition in Pakistan, the statement said.
"The two leaders had agreed to work together to strengthen U.S. -Pakistan relations and advance our shared interest of a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan and the region."
Sharif had a series of high level meetings, including with the military leaders prior to his visit, to seek their proposals about his talks with President Obama and other leaders.