Pakistan wants sustainable ties with US based on mutual respect: Qureshi tells Pompeo

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APP34-05 ISLAMABAD: September 05 - Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and US Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo holding delegation level talks at Foreign Office. APP

ISLAMABAD, Sep 5 (APP):Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday said Pakistan looked forward to building sustainable ties with the United States based on mutual trust and respect.
The foreign minister told this to US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo during a delegation level talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the discussions, the two sides exchanged views on bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, a press release said.
The foreign minister highlighted that the priority of the new government in Pakistan was socio-economic development, and for the success of people centered agenda and economic reforms, an enabling regional security environment was imperative.
He reaffirmed that improving relations with neighbours was a priority.
During the delegation level talks, US Secretary Pompeo was accompanied by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford and Under-secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale. Foreign Minister Qureshi was assisted by the foreign secretary and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In the context of Afghanistan, the foreign minister highlighted the latest positive developments on Pakistan-Afghanistan front, including operationalization of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).
He reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to continue efforts for promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The two sides agreed that present conditions in Afghanistan were conducive to intensifying efforts for a political settlement.
They underscored the need for the Taliban to seize the opportunity for talks in response to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer for an unconditional dialogue.
Secretary Pompeo said the US fully supported the reform agenda of Prime Minister Imran Khan and wished the government success in its implementation.
Noting the importance of longstanding Pak-US relationship, Secretary Pompeo conveyed the US desire to work with Pakistan in furthering the shared objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Additionally, Secretary Pompeo and General Dunford paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Imran Khan and held a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.