‘Stronger’ partnership critical for regional peace, PM Imran tells US Senate delegation

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ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated on Saturday that a “deeper and stronger partnership” between Pakistan and the US was mutually beneficial and critical for the region’s peace, security and prosperity.

The premier highlighted it during a meeting with the four-member US Senate delegation that included Senators Angus King, Richard Burr, John Corn and Benjamin Sass. All the four are members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, while Senator King is also member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Warmly welcoming the Senators, the prime minister underlined that Pakistan valued its long-standing relationship with the United States and was committed to expanding it in all spheres, particularly in the economic dimension.

He hoped that the visits of Congressional delegations will help strengthen mutual understanding and forge closer people-to-people contacts.

With regard to the evolving situation in Afghanistan, the Prime Minister emphasized that Pakistan and the U.S. must have deeper engagement to promote the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic development.

HE particularly underscored the urgent need to support the Afghan people by taking all possible measures to prevent a humanitarian crisis and economic collapse. He also highlighted importance of closer cooperation to address the security threats in the region, including terrorism.

He stressed that the US must play its role in the maintenance of regional peace and stability. The premier underscored that, for its part, Pakistan remained ready to pursue measures that would reinforce peace, stability & prosperity in region, if the enabling environment was created by India

Apprising the delegation about the continuation of egregious human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK), PM Imran Khan underscored that the extremist & exclusionist policies of the RSS-inspired BJP were posing a threat to regional peace and security.

Recalling collective struggles of Pakistan and the U.S. over the decades in promoting peace and security globally, the Senators deeply appreciated Pakistan’s recent contribution in evacuation of the American nationals and others from Afghanistan post-15 August.

The Senators reaffirmed their commitment to a stable & broad-based Flag of Pakistan🇺🇲 bilateral relationship.

They emphasized that, given the size of Pakistan’s population as well as its geo-strategic location, & Pakistan should make determined efforts to promote trade, investment & economic cooperation.

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