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Former US diplomat impressed with PM Imran’s leadership

WASHINGTON: United States (US) Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale says Washington attaches significance to its ties with Pakistan.

Speaking at an event organised in connection with Pakistan Day at Pakistan’s embassy in Washington, he said Pakistan wanted close ties with the US. He added Washington desired stability in Pakistan.

Former US ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olsan said ties between the US and Pakistan were improving.

He lauded Prime Minister Imran Khan for taking better steps for restoration of peace in Afghanistan. He also appreciated the prime minister’s role to defuse tensions between Pakistan and India, saying he was impressed with the premier’s leadership during the tensions.

Pakistan’s ambassador to the US Dr Asad Majeed Khan renewed Pakistan’s commitment to regional peace and stability. He said the prime minister exhibited exemplary leadership in the wake of Pulwama attack, adding Pak-US ties were improving.

US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells and other US officials also attended the event.

Earlier, a flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington to commemorate Pakistan Day. Dr Asad M Khan read out the special messages of President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on the occasion.

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