US secretary of state meets Pakistani prime minister
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday stressed on close collaboration between Pakistan and the U.S. to advance the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan, ONAreports quoting Anadolu Agency.
During his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, Khan said that convergence on promoting a political solution in Afghanistan had created the opportunity for regional peace and stability
"A peaceful and stable Afghanistan was vital for Pakistan," Khan told Pompeo.
Pakistani premier is on a three-day official visit to Washington in a bid to reset the strained ties between the former close allies.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, Ambassador Asad M. Khan were also present on the occasion while Secretary Pompeo was accompanied by Under-Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells and Paul W. Jones U.S. Charge d’ Affaires in Islamabad.
Khan also expressed satisfaction at his wide-ranging talks with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday.
"A strong Pakistan-U.S. partnership remained vital to the promotion of the mutual interests of the two countries as well as broader regional peace, stability and prosperity," he added.
Reiterating his government’s support to a broad and enduring Pakistan-U.S. relationship, Khan emphasized the need to further enhance and diversify the bilateral content of the relationship in a wide range of areas.
The prime minister also spoke about his government’s successes in countering the scourge of terrorism and his initiatives to build peace in the region.
He noted that the government of Pakistan had taken myriad administrative and legal measures to mainstream madrasahs, known as religious schools.
As part of his policy of “peaceful neighbourhood,” Khan highlighted Pakistan’s desire for peaceful and cooperative relations with all neighbors.
He underscored the various initiatives taken to advance this objective with regard to India.
Khan underlined that the peace dividend for both countries would be enormous with peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes and would usher in an eras of peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia.
Later, speaking at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, Khan said that Pakistan fought the war on terror as a frontline state and sacrificed 70,000 lives to counter this menace.
"There was a perception in Pakistani people that they had been fighting the U.S. war but despite this we were accused by the U.S. that we were not sincere and rather playing a double game," Khan complained.
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