Pakistan, US agree to cooperate over battling terrorism: FO

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By Muhammad Luqman
Pakistan and the United States have acknowledged the importance of better understanding and deeper cooperation to deal with challenges such as terrorism, said Pakistan’s of Foreign office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria.
Zakaria shared on his official social media account that this was decided during a meeting between a 10-member delegation from the US, led by Deputy Assistant to the President Lisa Curtis, and a delegation from Pakistan, led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua.
During the meeting, the status of bilateral relations in diverse areas, regional situations including the situation in Afghanistan and human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK), along with Pakistan’s relation with India were discussed.
He added, “Both sides noted the importance of better understanding [and] deeper coop to deal with challenges particularly terrorism that is a common enemy.”
Both sides noted the importance of better understanding & deeper coop to deal with challenges particularly terrorism that is a common enemy
“Both sides agreed to continue bilateral engagements at all levels,” Zakaria added.
On October 4, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a meeting with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif.
After the meeting, Tillerson remarked that Pakistan is critical for the long-term stability of South Asia.
“Not just Afghanistan, but it is the importance of Pakistan and Pakistan’s long-term stability as well,” he remarked while speaking about US’s policy towards South Asia.
“We want Pakistan’s government to be stable, peaceful.. many of the same issues they are struggling inside Pakistan are our issues. So we think there is an opportunity to strengthen that relationship.”
Pakistan’s relation with the US is “extraordinarily important”, he said.

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