ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday telephoned Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and told him that the United States would like an amicable solution to the ongoing Indus Water Treaty dispute between Pakistan and India.
Secretary Kerry said that the President World Bank had recently informed him about Pakistan’s complaint against India on the subject of Indus Water Treaty.
The finance minister said that Indus Water Treaty is an international commitment, and it is the responsibility of the World Bank to ensure that India honors the treaty, and the water rights of the people of Pakistan are protected.
Dar said that he was in contact with the President World Bank during the current month. He indicated that US support on the principles and legal position of Pakistan will be greatly appreciated.
He further added that the Court of Arbitration is the legal requirement and appointment of the chairman of the Court of Arbitration must be fulfilled by the World Bank.
Kerry appreciated the improvement in economic indicators of Pakistan. Dar shared the developments in the economy and said that the government is now focused on achieving higher economic growth.
“The government after having achieved macro-economic stability is now focused on achieving higher sustainable and inclusive economic growth,” he said.
Kerry congratulated him on the economic recovery brought about by the government in Pakistan. Dar called Kerry as a friend and supporter of Pakistan and exchanged season’s greetings and best wishes for the upcoming year.
The finance minister also appreciated Secretary Kerry on his statement this week on the Middle East peace process and rights of Palestinians.