Pakistan

US ambassador, PM discuss Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan has a vital stake in peace, stability and development in Afghanistan and is engaged in sincere and consistent efforts for promoting reconciliation through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.

He stated this during a meeting with US Ambassador David Hale who met him at the Prime Minister House today.

While exchanging views on the bilateral relations, the prime minister said that Pakistan was desirous of bringing greater depth and economic substance to its relationship with the US.

“The important decisions agreed during my visit to the US have generated a new momentum in steering our bilateral relations forward”, added the Prime Minister.

The PM said that Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue had been instrumental in identifying the achievements made so far and setting new targets under six working groups of the Dialogue.

“I look forward to have useful exchange of views on bilateral issues, with President Obama during my visit to attend the Nuclear Security Summit later this month”, further said the prime minister.

Appreciating the efforts of Pakistan to restore peace in Afghanistan, Mr Hale said that initiatives including the quadrilateral arrangement will prove significantly beneficial in bringing peace to Afghanistan.

The ambassador further said that achieving a peaceful Afghanistan is in the interest of the entire region and Pakistan’s endeavours will help a great deal in this regard.

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