Pakistan, US Agree To Continue Discussions on All Matters

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Islamabad (October 12, 2017): Pakistan and United States have agreed to continue discussions on all matters of mutual interest for bilateral cooperation and peace in the region.

According to the details, Pakistan and the United States acknowledged the importance of better understanding and deeper cooperation to deal with challenges such as terrorism during a meeting on Thursday, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria.

US Interagency delegation was led by Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South Asia Ms. Lisa Curtis.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani side.

Reiterating Pakistan’s stance for a politically negotiated settlement owned and led by Afghans, Foreign Secretary reaffirmed Pakistan’s constructive participation in all regional and bilateral mechanisms aimed at pursuing a peaceful solution to Afghan conflict.

It was noted that persistent Indian refusal to engage with Pakistan despite Pakistan’s repeated overtures for a comprehensive dialogue was adversely impacting regional stability.

The US delegation emphasized the importance of reinvigorating the bilateral relationship in order to achieve the common objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

During the meeting, the status of bilateral relations in diverse areas, regional situations including the situation in Afghanistan and human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK), along with Pakistan’s relation with India were discussed.

He added, “Both sides noted the importance of better understanding [and] deeper coop to deal with challenges particularly terrorism that is a common enemy.”

“Both sides agreed to continue bilateral engagements at all levels,” Zakaria added.

On October 4, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a meeting with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif.

After the meeting, Tillerson remarked that Pakistan is critical for the long-term stability of South Asia.

“Not just Afghanistan, but it is the importance of Pakistan and Pakistan’s long-term stability as well,” he remarked while speaking about US’s policy towards South Asia.

“We want Pakistan’s government to be stable, peaceful.. many of the same issues they are struggling inside Pakistan are our issues. So we think there is an opportunity to strengthen that relationship.”

Pakistan’s relation with the US is “extraordinarily important”, he said.

In an example of deeper cooperation against terrorism plaguing the region, the Pakistan Army rescued five foreign nationals.

The rescued captives included a Canadian national, his US-national wife and their three children.

The rescue operation was the result of intelligence sharing between Pakistani and American intelligence agencies

The understanding came during delegation level talks in Islamabad on Thursday.

The two sides reviewed the State of play in relationship in wake of the US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia.

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Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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