Visit of the US Acting assistant Secretary of State for South & Central Asia

Visit of the US Acting assistant Secretary of State for South & Central Asia

Islamabad: (Asghar Ali Mubarak) Ambassador Alice G. Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, met the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is Ambassador Wells second visit to Pakistan this year aimed at continuing the conversation to strengthen bilateral relations and promote peace & security in the region.Visit of the US Acting assistant Secretary of State for South & Central Asia

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed bilateral relations and discussed regional issues particularly Afghanistan. Both sides agreed that the momentum of the peace initiative unveiled in Kabul by President Ashraf Ghani and followed up in Tashkent needs to be carried forward. Mechanisms for return of refugees and strengthening border management were also discussed. Both sides also reiterated their firm commitments to act against all groups that target Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Foreign Secretary also apprised the visiting delegation of the continued ceasefire violations by India that undermined stability of the region. Pakistan’s position that a comprehensive dialogue was the only way forward for civilized nations to resolve outstanding issues was reiterated.

Noting that the US and Pakistan had a long track record of cooperation, Ambassador Wells emphasized the importance of working together to achieve the common objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region. The two sides agreed to continue bilateral engagements at all levels.

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