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PM Nawaz says talks with President Obama positive

24 October, 2013

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WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that his meeting with President Obama was positive in which they discussed various issues ranging from drone attacks, Dr Afia Siddique, Shakil Afridi, Pakistan's relations with India, energy crisis to bilateral trade ties and Afghanistan.

Talking to media, after his meeting with Obama, Sharif reiterated that Pakistan needed to put its house in order. He said that issue of Mumbai attacks, Jamaatu Dawa and cross border terrorism also came under discussion.

The prime minister said that he invited US investors to work on energy projects in Pakistan to help the country overcome energy crisis. He said that there were great opportunities of investment in Pakistan's energy sector. Sharif said that the US president assured him of his support for cooperation.

Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan would restart attracting foreign investment as law and order situation was improving as a result of the government's sincere and serious efforts.

He said wide-ranging issues, such as extremism, drone strikes, Afghanistan, and Pak-India ties, including Kashmir issue, were discussed in the meeting.

Sharif said he had emphasized that drone strikes must come to an end, besides raising the issue of Dr Afia Siddiqui with the US President.

He said he apprised President Obama that the process for dialogue with Taliban had been started as decided by the All Parties Conference.

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