Pakistan, US emphasize need to strengthen bilateral ties in diverse areas

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Pakistan and the United States have emphasised the need to strengthen bilateral relations in diverse areas through frequent exchanges on issues of mutual interest.

According to press release issued by Pakistani embassy in Washington, the resolve was expressed during a meeting between Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan, and US Under-Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Uzra Zeya.

Later in a tweet, the US Under-Secretary said that she had a constructive conversation with Pakistani Ambassador particularly on human rights and Pakistan’s support for Afghan relocation efforts and refugees. She also commended Pakistan for offering dignity and safety to Afghan refugees for over forty years.

“I look forward to our close partnership”, she said. Ambassador Masood Khan reciprocated the sentiment and said the two sides would work to promote Pak-U.S. dialogue and cooperation to forge closer ties between the two countries.

In the meeting, Ambassador Masood Khan also thanked Under Secretary Uzra Zeya for her visit to Pakistan; and welcomed OIC-State Department’s dialogue on 23-24 May, in Washington DC, to promote dialogue between the United States and OIC nations.

Under Secretary Uzra Zeya visited Islamabad in late March to represent the United States at the OIC-CFM Council of Foreign Ministers Conference.

On that occasion, she underlined the enduring ties and partnership between Pakistan and the U.S. She had also commended Pakistan for offering dignity and safety to Afghan refugees for over 40 years.—NNI