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Pakistan Wants Long-term Relationship with United States: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tells the Visiting US State Delegation

October 08, 2021

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Friday that the country wants broad, long-term, and stable relations with the US to promote economic cooperation and regional peace. He made the remarks during a meeting with Wendy Sherman, the US Deputy Secretary of State, who is in Pakistan for a two-day visit. According to a statement from the Foreign Office, the two sides discussed bilateral relations, Afghanistan, and the regional situation during the meeting. Qureshi stated that a proper dialogue between the two countries was necessary for the mutual benefit of the US and Pakistan, as well as the promotion of regional objectives.

Pakistan and the United States share similar perspectives, according to the foreign minister, who emphasized the importance of finding a peaceful solution to the Afghan conflict. He went on to say that Pakistan hoped the Afghan interim Taliban government would work for the betterment of all Afghan citizens while maintaining peace and stability.

An Afghan government that is representative and inclusive can be a reliable partner for the international community. In the current situation, the international community must take appropriate steps to ensure positive inclusion, humanitarian aid, and financial resources [to establish] a stable economy in order to address the problems of the Afghan people. The foreign minister also emphasized the importance of resolving the Kashmir dispute for the region’s long-term peace and stability, while informing the US delegation about human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

He also expressed gratitude to the US deputy secretary of state for donating Covid-19 vaccines to Pakistan.

Sherman also expressed his condolences for the lives lost in the earthquake that struck Balochistan’s Harnai district the day before.

According to the FO statement, she also praised Pakistan’s efforts to evacuate foreign citizens from Afghanistan as well as its efforts to promote regional peace. The US official also praised the progress made in US-Pakistan talks on climate change and alternative energy sources. Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs David Lu also attended the meeting.

In a meeting with the US deputy secretary of state the day before, National Security Adviser (NSA) Moeed Yusuf stressed that the international community “must maintain contact” with the interim Taliban government in Afghanistan. According to a report by Radio Pakistan, both sides expressed a desire to strengthen bilateral relations between the US and Pakistan during the meeting. They also discussed economic cooperation and the region’s security situation. Pakistan’s efforts to evacuate foreigners from Afghanistan, as well as its assistance to Afghan refugees, were praised by the US delegation. Yusuf also stated that blatant human rights violations in Indian-controlled Kashmir posed a threat to regional peace. On Thursday, Sherman and her seven-member team arrived in Islamabad for a two-day visit. She had previously travelled to India for bilateral meetings, civil society events, and the India Ideas Summit.

After Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sherman is the highest-ranking official in the State Department. She is President Joe Biden’s highest-ranking US visitor to Pakistan since the Taliban’s victory in Kabul.

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