WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (APP): Pakistan looks forward to closely working
with the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump, Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani said, emphasizing
that the convergence of interest between the two countries on several
issues would likely strengthen the bilateral relations in the future.
He was speaking at a reception he hosted at the Pakistan Embassy
for Washington based correspondents of US print and electronic media.
The event was very well attended by correspondents from CNN, AP, LA
Times, WSJ, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Reuters, Fox News, WP,
Washington Diplomat, USA Today & BBC.
Speaking about the Pak-US ties, Ambassador Jilani said that the
two countries had a historic nature of relationship spanning over
seven decades. He underscored that Pakistan looked forward to working closely with the new US administration.
Pakistan had a very comprehensive and meaningful discussion with
the outgoing Obama administration and the people, who had been
designated in the new US administration, knew Pakistan very well, he
The Ambassador pointed out that there had been a better realization
of the problems Pakistan was facing in the region and hoped that a convergence of interests between the two countries on number of issues
was likely to strengthen the bilateral relations in future, he added.
While answering a question, Ambassador Jilani remarked that Pakistan
had successfully launched a campaign of historical proportion to address
the menace of terrorism. He expressed the hope that Pak-US cooperation
would be further strengthened in the fight against terrorism by
revisiting sale of F-16s and Coalition Fund issues.
He told the journalists that over the last few years, the terrorist incidents in Pakistan had reduced significantly, approx. by 70% which has
a positive impact on economy. Pakistan Stock Market had surpassed the
other markets in the region. There had been a surge in the number of visitors from the US to Pakistan, which symbolized a renewed interest in Pakistan.
Ambassador Jilani stressed Pakistan’s firm belief in having a closer cooperation in the region and observed that the emergence of extremist and violent organizations was the outcome of instability & violence all over
While responding to a question, Ambassador reiterated that Pakistan
had not seen any organized presence of ISIS in Pakistan. However,
Pakistan was concerned about the growing influence of ISIS in Afghanistan, he added.
On Indus Water Treaty, Ambassador Jilani said Pakistan had requested
the World Bank to play the role of an administrator in terms of the legal and technical objections raised by Pakistan on Kishan Ganga and Ratle hydro-power projects in India.
However, India had requested for appointment of neutral expert. He
said Pakistan believed that the mandate of the neutral expert was
limited. The technical expert would tend to focus only on technical
aspects whereas legal aspects would not be considered.
He reiterated that Pakistan would like to engage in a sustained, meaningful dialogue with India in order to resolve all the outstanding issues peacefully.