US looks forward to continue coop with Pakistan

McMaster phones Dar

Muhammad Arshad

Islamabad

The US, Friday, expressed strong desire to continue cooperation with Pakistan in coming days.
In this regard, US National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster made a phone call to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, saying that the administration of President Trump looked forward to working with Pakistan to pursue the common objectives of peace and security and economic well being of the people.
He said that the sacrifices made by Pakistan’s armed forces as well as civilians to improve the security conditions were admirable. He said that Pakistan had also made impressive progress on the economic side.
He said that security was an important prerequisite to unlock the immense economic potential of the region and the US administration would like to work closely with Pakistan in this regard. He said that he looked forward to meet the Finance Minister during his visit to Washington, later in the month.
The two leaders exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest. Thursday, US ambassador David Hale also called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and discussed matters related to his upcoming visit to Washington for IMF-WB spring meetings.
Finance Minister congratulated Gen McMaster on assuming the important responsibility as the National Security Advisor and said that he looked forward to working with him (NSA) to further develop and enhance the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
He said that the improved security conditions as well as the economic turnaround achieved in last three years provide an excellent opportunity to develop and promote an economic partnership between the two countries.
The Minister further said that Pakistan believes in a peaceful neighbourhood and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is keen to work with friends and partners for peace and stability of the region and beyond. Referring to the tremendous success of operation Zarb-e-Azb and encouraging results of the ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasad, he said that these demonstrate our commitment to eradicate terrorism.

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