Nisar, Dobbins discuss geo-political situation of region
15 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: United States Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins on Monday called on Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and discussed the geo-political situation of the region.
The Special Representative was accompanied by US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson. Issues relating to the strategic dialogue in the context of counter-terrorism were discussed in the meeting. The minister underlined the importance of institutional cooperation between two countries on security-related issues.
He appreciated the sincere efforts of the government for establishing lasting peace in the region and emphasised the importance of close cooperation between two countries. Expressing satisfaction on the current Pak-US relations, the minister said that Pakistan intended to further strengthen its relations with the United States based on transparency, mutual interest and understanding.
The forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to the US also came under discussion. Both the sides felt that the PM's visit was of prime significance and would set the trends for future relations between the two countries. Issues of cross-border militancy on Pak-Afghan border were also discussed in the meeting and it was agreed to address this issue on collaborative basis.
The minister stressed that it was essential to have peace and stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan and both the countries would have to go beyond irritants to build good relations. The minister also discussed with the special representative the latest developments on the peace initiatives carried out by the government in the light of the resolution passed by the All Parties Conference (APC) and the situation arising in the region before and after December 2014.