POMPEO MEETS WITH PAKISTANI FM ON TIES

October 4, 2018 Off By Web Desk

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, met with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, to discuss bilateral ties, the State Department said here, on Wednesday.

According to a statement by the State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, Pompeo met with the Pakistani official, following on their Sept 5 discussions in Islamabad, on a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.

During the meeting, Pompeo said, the United States looked forward to working with Pakistan’s new government, and discussed the importance of the United States and Pakistan working together, to advance joint priorities, recognising that bilateral cooperation was mutually beneficial and a factor for stability in South Asia.

Pompeo also underscored a common goal to advance peace and security in the broader region. In particular, he emphasised the important role Pakistan could play in bringing about a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan.

The top U.S. diplomat said that, there was momentum to advance the Afghan peace process, and that the Afghan Taliban should seize the opportunity for dialogue.

The two officials also agreed to remain engaged on these and other issues, and reiterated their desire to maintain constructive dialogue to advance shared interests.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK