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US looks forward to working with new Pakistan government, Pompeo tells Qureshi

Reporting | - Posted: Oct 3, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
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Posted: Oct 3, 2018 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
US looks forward to working with new Pakistan government, Pompeo tells Qureshi

They met at the State Department on Tuesday

 

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a meeting with his US counterpart Mike Pompeo in Washington on Tuesday.

The foreign minister was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Ambassador to the United States, Ali Jehangir Siddiqui.

The United States looks forward to working with the new Government of Pakistan in implementing its reform agenda, Pompeo said. He appreciated Pakistan efforts for peace in the region.

Both the leaders agreed that Afghan Taliban should engage in dialogue to reach a political settlement.

Qureshi, who is on an official visit to Washington at Secretary Pompeo’s invitation, remarked that close engagement between Pakistan and the United States has always been mutually beneficial.

He said that a broad-based and structured framework for dialogue would best serve the two countries’ shared interests.

Qureshi also highlighted the development-focused and people-centric agenda of the government.

Pakistan and the United States share a common desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region at large, he said.

He reiterated Pakistan’s support for a political settlement in Afghanistan, noting that the use of force had failed to deliver results.

Peace in South Asia would remain elusive until all disputes, including the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir, are resolved, he said.

Earlier, Mr Qureshi met US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

He will speak at the United States Institute of Peace and hold meetings with members of US congress on Wednesday.

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