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Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that a strong Pakistan-US partnership is vital to promotion of mutual interests of the two countries as well as broader regional peace, stability and prosperity.
He said this while meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who called on him at Pakistan House in Washington on Tuesday.
Expressing satisfaction at his wide-ranging talks with President Trump at the White House earlier, the Prime Minister said that convergence on promoting a political solution in Afghanistan had created the opportunity for regional peace and stability.
“A peaceful and stable Afghanistan is vital for Pakistan,” said the premier and emphasized on the importance of close collaboration between Pakistan and US to advance that objective.
The US State Department also tweeted a video of the Pompeo-Imran Khan meeting.
Reiterating his government’s support to a broad-based and enduring Pakistan-US relationship, the premier stressed upon the need to further enhance and diversify the bilateral content of the relationship in a wide range of areas.
Prime Minister Khan also spoke about his government’s successes in countering the scourge of terrorism and his initiatives to build peace in the region. He noted that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had taken myriad administrative and legal measures to mainstream madrasahs.
As part of his policy of “peaceful neighborhood”, Imran Khan highlighted Pakistan’s desire for peaceful and cooperative relations with all neighbors. He underscored the various initiatives taken to advance this objective with regard to India.
The premier underlined that the peace dividend for both countries would be enormous with peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes and would usher in an era of peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, Ambassador Asad M Khan and Additional Secretary (Americas) Aftab A Khokher also attended the meeting.
Secretary Pompeo was accompanied by Under-Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells and US Charge d’ Affaires in Islamabad Paul W Jones.
US Senator Lindsey Graham also had met the Prime Minister on Monday and acknowledged that high-level engagement between Islamabad and Washington is beneficial for both the countries.
In 2018, Pompeo paid a maiden visit to Pakistan after assuming charge of US high-powered post and met Premier Imran and other top civilian and military leadership.