Sartaj Aziz meets US Secretary of State John Kerry

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ISLAMABAD, Jul 26 (APP): US Secretary of State John
Kerry has assured Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz that the
United States was ready to improve and expand its multi-dimensional partnership with Pakistan.

During the meeting, held on the sidelines of the ASEAN
Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting in Vientiane, Lao
People’s Democratic Republic, Adviser Sartaj Aziz and
Secretary Kerry also exchanged views on the regional situation with special reference to Afghanistan and agreed on the importance of promoting the Afghan-led reconciliation process, a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here on Tuesday said.

Secretary Kerry appreciated Pakistan’s determined
efforts to eliminate terrorist groups in Pakistan’s tribal
belt with considerable success.

The two sides also reviewed Pakistan-US bilateral relations.
Secretary Kerry said he would like to visit Pakistan in
the near future to review bilateral cooperation and discuss
regional issues.

The ARF Ministerial Meeting, which was attended by 10 ASEAN  members and 17 dialogue partners, concluded on Tuesday.