Pak-US deeper
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Saturday emphasized that Pakistan and the US must have a deeper engagement to promote the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan.

The prime minister, in a meeting with a four-member US Senate delegation including senators Angus King, Richard Burr, John Cornyn and Benjamin Sasse, particularly underscored the urgent need to support the Afghan people by taking all possible measures to prevent a humanitarian crisis and economic collapse.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan discussing bilateral and other issues of mutual interests with US delegation at PM House on Saturday.

He also highlighted the importance of closer cooperation to address the security threats in the region, including terrorism.

All four senators are members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, while Senator King is also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Warmly welcoming the senators, the prime minister underlined that Pakistan valued its long-standing relationship with the US and was committed to expanding it in all spheres, particularly in the economic dimension.

He hoped that the visits of Congressional delegations would help strengthen mutual understanding and forge closer people-to-people contacts.

The prime minister reiterated that a deeper and stronger partnership between the two countries was mutually beneficial and critical for the region’s peace, security and prosperity.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood stands with visiting US delegation.

Apprising the delegation about the continuation of egregious human rights violations in J&K the prime minister underscored that the extremist and exclusionist policies of the RSS-inspired BJP were posing a threat to regional peace and security.

He stressed that the US must play its role in the maintenance of peace and stability in the region.

The prime minister underscored that, for its part, Pakistan remained ready to pursue measures that would reinforce peace, stability and prosperity in the region, if the enabling environment was created by India.

Recalling the collective struggles of Pakistan and the US over the decades in promoting peace and security globally, the senators deeply appreciated Pakistan’s recent contribution in evacuation of the American nationals and others from Afghanistan post-15 August.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood discussing bilateral and other issues of mutual interests with US delegation visiting US delegation at the Foreign Ministry.

They reaffirmed their commitment to a stable and broad-based Pakistan-US bilateral relationship. They emphasized that, given the size of Pakistan’s population as well as its geo-strategic location, the US and Pakistan should make determined efforts to promote trade, investment and economic cooperation.

Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood Saturday while highlighting Pakistan’s pivot to geo-economics, emphasized that Pakistan welcomed enhanced bilateral trade and greater investments from the United States.

The foreign secretary, in a meeting with a four-member delegation of the US Senate here, hoped that the US companies would reap dividends from Pakistan’s emerging market status.

The delegation included Senators Angus King, Richard Burr, John Cornyn and Benjamin Sasse.

Welcoming the Senate delegation to Pakistan, the foreign secretary underscored that Pakistan valued its long-standing relationship with the US and wanted to further deepen bilateral ties based on shared interests.

He emphasized that deeper engagement between the two countries was pivotal for peace, security and development in the region.

The foreign secretary briefed the senators on the serious humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and underscored that the international community must help the Afghan people avert the crisis through immediate support and financial assistance.

In this regard, he stressed the importance of the release of Afghanistan’s frozen financial resources.

The foreign secretary also apprised the visiting delegation of Pakistan’s efforts to mobilize international support through multiple regional and international mechanisms. In this context, he also mentioned the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers being hosted in Islamabad.

He also briefed the delegation about unabated gross human rights violations against the Kashmiris in IIOJK and underscored that the U.S. Congress must play its due role in this regard.

The senators, acknowledging the importance of long-standing Pakistan-US ties, affirmed the desire to further strengthen the bilateral relationship in its myriad dimensions.

The senators appreciated Pakistan’s role in the evacuation of US nationals and others post-15 August 2021 and stressed the importance of closer cooperation to support the objectives of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

All four senators are members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, while Senator King is also member of the Senate Armed Services committee.