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Islamabad Stresses On Broad-Based Ties With US

Wahington: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stressed on a broad-based relationship with the United States in a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday.

The first round of talks between Islamabad and Washington began with meeting between Pakistan’s delegation and Pompeo and US National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House. The foreign minister was accompanied by the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Ambassador Ali Jahangir Siddiqui.

In the meeting with Pompeo, the two sides discussed matters including peace and stability in the Southeast region. FM Qureshi said the close “engagement between Pakistan and the United States had always been mutually beneficial and a factor for stability in South Asia.”

Qureshi asserted that peace would remain elusive until all disputes including the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir was resolved.

He emphasised that a “broad-based and structured framework for dialogue would best serve the two countries’ shared interests.” He also reiterated the Imran Khan-led government’s “development-focused and people-centric agenda” which was “contingent on peace and security in Pakistan’s neighbourhood.”

Noting Islamabad and Washington’s shared desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region at large, the foreign minister reiterated support for “a political settlement in Afghanistan”

He stated that the use of force had failed to deliver results.

Appreciating Pakistan’s support for reconciliation in Afghanistan, Pompeo said US looked forward to working with the new government.

The leaders observed that “time was ripe for the Afghan Taliban to avail the opportunity for a political settlement by seizing the opportunity for dialogue.”

Regional security was also topic for discussion in the meeting between FM Qureshi and Bolton. The foreign minister briefed the NSA chief on India’s aggressive posturing in the region. He said the Narendra Modi-led government backtracked out of a planned meeting in the sidelines of the UNGA. “After initially agreeing to PM Imran’s peace initiative, the Indian government caved into internal politics.”

FM Qureshi underscored that “Pakistan remained committed to engaging India in a comprehensive peace dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues including the Kashmir dispute.”

Shah Mahmood Qureshi also reiterated Pakistan's position that dialogue is the only way forward and that there was no military solution to the situation in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan would continue to support the efforts for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan,” he said. He added that peace and stability in Afghanistan was vital Pakistan’s own long-term stability and progress.

Pakistan's foreign minister underscored that the Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) provided the most viable and effective mechanism to promote and propel mutually beneficial cooperation between Kabul and Islamabad.

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