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Resolution of Kashmir issue utmost necessary for regional peace, Sharif apprises Kerry

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that for durable peace between Pakistan and India, the resolution of Kashmir issue is utmost necessary, ARY News reported.

In his meeting with United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry, the Pakistan premier apprised him of Indian involvement in subversive activities inside Pakistan.

“The resolution of Kashmir issue is utmost necessary for the restoration of durable peace in the region,” he told John Kerry. “We seek peaceful ties with all our neighbors, but India is stepping back from holding talks with Pakistan.”

Sharif also briefed the US secretary about achievements in operation Zarb-e-Azb and the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) aimed at rooting out terrorism from the state.

On the occasion, Secretary Kerry vowed that the United States will continue its cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of counter terrorism, security and economy.

He also said that the US is well aware of Pakistan’s energy needs.

During conversation with PM Nawaz Sharif, he urged Pakistan for playing role in Afghan reconciliation process saying, “The US wants to see Afghan Taliban participating in the peace process”.

He said that worsening situation in Afghanistan pressed President Obama to delay the withdrawal of foreign troops from there.

John Kerry said the US wants to see a peaceful Pak-Afghan region and stressed on the need for eliminating terrorist sanctuaries from there.

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