PESHAWAR, 20 September: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday met US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

Both the leaders discussed matters of mutual interests during the meeting. The US vice president said America gives importance to relations with Pakistan and wants to work with Pakistan for global peace. He said the US was devising new strategies for further improving bilateral ties with Pakistan.

Prime Minister Abbasi said Pakistan wants to focus on the war against terrorism and other important matters. He said Pakistan being part of war against terrorism is determined to eliminate terrorism and will continue cooperation with the world community in this regard.

Earlier, the prime minister met Iran President Hasan Rouhani and discussed strengthening of bilateral ties and peace efforts in Afghanistan. The Iranian president emphasised the need for further improvement of border management, trade and investment.

The Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani had earlier advised Prime Minister Abbasi not to meet Mike Pence if President Donald Trump was not available for meeting.