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 Call on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs by Ambassador James Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP)

 

James Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, paid his farewell call on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, at the Foreign Office, today. The discussions covered Pakistan-U.S. bilateral relations and developments in Afghanistan.

 

The Adviser took the opportunity to laud Ambassador Dobbins’ efforts for the promotion of stable, cooperative and durable relations between Pakistan and the U.S. during his term as SRAP. The two sides reiterated their resolve to further deepen the bilateral relationship and strengthen mutual consultations on Afghanistan post-2014 with a view to advancing the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic development in the region and beyond.

 

The Adviser highlighted the instrumental role of Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue in fostering closer collaboration between the two countries in diverse fields including trade, economy, energy, counter-terrorism, education and science and technology. Reviewing the process since its revitalization last year, the two sides expressed satisfaction over the steady enhancement of mutual understanding and fruitful cooperation.

 

The Adviser also highlighted Pakistan’s monumental effort to address the threat of terrorism and underscored that the military operation, Zarb-e-Azb, was addressing this menace without any discrimination or distinction.

 

In the regional context, the Adviser reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan. He appreciated the efforts of Secretary John Kerry who had contributed to an amicable understanding on election-related issues. The Adviser also underlined Pakistan’s support for a peaceful democratic transition, underscoring its vital importance for stability in Afghanistan and the region.

 

The meeting was also attended by U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson and Foreign Secretary Mr. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

 

 

Islamabad

21 July 2014

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