Pakistan

SAPM Fatemi, US Deputy Defence Secy discuss affairs of common strategic interest

WASHINGTON: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs (SAPM) Syed Tariq Fatemi visited the Pentagon today to meet the US Deputy Defence Secretary, Mr. Robert Work, according to a press statement.

The meeting was held in warm and friendly atmosphere, during which both sides exchanged views on wide ranging issues of common strategic interest.

The SAPM and Deputy Secretary of Defence expressed satisfaction that Pakistan-US bilateral relationship was on an upward trajectory.

During the meeting, Mr. Tariq Fatemi appreciated US support to Pakistan in dealing with security challenges and reiterated Pakistan’s determination to resolutely fight the menace of terrorism.

Both sides expressed satisfaction that the Defence Consultative Group – a working group under the bilateral strategic dialogue – had been a productive mechanism in stimulating close and successful partnership in a number of key areas.

Mr. Fatemi also briefed the Deputy Secretary on Pakistan’s desire to establish friendly relations with all its neighbors in the interest of building a peaceful, secure and prosperous neighborhood.

He outlined specific steps that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had undertaken in that direction, including extending Pakistan’s support for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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