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Pakistan, US agree to further strengthen bilateral ties

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has emphasized the importance of engagement between Pakistan and the United States to pursue common objectives and issues of mutual interest.

He was talking to US Ambassador David Hale in Islamabad on Friday.

It was agreed that the decades long relations between Pakistan and the US should be further strengthened through multifaceted engagement.

Meanwhile, in his meeting with the Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the Prime Minister highlighted Pakistan’s commitment for peace and stability in the region and particularly in Afghanistan.

He reiterated Pakistan’s support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal conveyed the commitment of Afghan government to work for furthering bilateral relations between the two countries that have significant historical, cultural, economic and political linkages.

On August 22, President Donald Trump cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan, backtracking from his promise to rapidly end America’s longest war, while pillorying ally Pakistan for offering safe haven to “agents of chaos.”

In his first formal address to the nation as commander-in-chief, Trump discarded his previous criticism of the 16-year-old war as a waste of time and money, admitting things looked different from “behind the desk in the Oval Office.”

Trump indicated that single-minded approach would extend to US relations with troubled ally Pakistan, which consecutive US administrations have criticized for links with the Taliban and for harboring leading militants.

“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations,” he said warning that vital aid could be cut.

“We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting,” he said. “That will have to change and that will change immediately.”

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