ISLAMABAD – Alice G. Wells, the Performing US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, mentioned Monday that she was seeking to take the connection between Pakistan and america to a ‘commerce primarily based slightly than an assist primarily based cooperation.’
The remarks resonated with a longstanding need of Pakistani officers, particularly Prime Minister Imran Khan. Mr. Khan, throughout a go to to america final yr, had mentioned that he desires a “dignified relationship” with America that isn’t constrained by the compulsions of assist. Pakistan and the US presently have a $6.6 billion annual bilateral commerce relationship.
Ambassador Wells, who’s on a four-day go to to Pakistan, made these remarks Monday night at a dinner reception hosted by former Senator Enver Beg. The dinner reception was attended by a number of retired generals, diplomats, and outstanding journalists.
The senior US diplomat additionally appreciated Pakistan’s position within the ongoing peace talks in neighbouring Afghanistan and mentioned that “Pakistan and United States have seen unprecedented cooperation within the context of Afghan peace talks.”
Pakistan Military Chief Common Qamar Javed Bajwa has performed a significant position within the Afghan peace course of and reiterated on a number of events that peace in Afghanistan is essential for Pakistan and the nation would proceed its efforts to deliver peace and stability within the area.
The Taliban have just lately agreed to a discount in violence, and Pakistan Overseas Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi final week had mentioned that the announcement by the group was a necessary step in direction of a peace settlement in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Wells arrived in Islamabad Sunday after a go to to India and Sri Lanka and spent a busy day yesterday assembly with senior officers in Islamabad. She met with Abdul Razak Dawood, the Particular Advisor to the Prime Minister for Commerce, Textile, Trade & Manufacturing, and Funding. Mr. Dawood, after assembly with the US delegation led by Ambassador Wells, mentioned that america is raring to extend commerce ties with Pakistan and recognized agriculture as a sector the place instant progress may very well be made.
Ambassador Wells additionally met with Brig (r) Ijaz Shah, the Federal Minister for Inside. Amongst different points, each officers held talks about stopping unlawful immigration to america, streamlining the verification of passports and travelling paperwork.
The visiting US delegation was additionally given an in depth briefing by officers on the Pakistani inside ministry concerning the progress relating to the Monetary Motion Process Power.
On the dinner reception held at Mr. Beg’s palatial home on the outskirts of Islamabad, Ambassador Wells was accorded a heat welcome by the previous senator and his household. Senator Beg, throughout his remarks, mentioned that he had the pleasure of figuring out Ambassador Wells since 1999 when she served because the political head on the US Embassy in Islamabad. He mentioned that he hoped the visiting diplomat would have constructive conferences with the officers in Islamabad, and the connection would transfer ahead.
Among the many different notable company have been Common (r) Ehsan Ul Haq, the previous Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staffs Committee, Lt Gen (r) Asif Yasin Malik, the previous Secretary of Protection and Commander of 11 Corps, Riaz Hussain Khokar, the previous overseas secretary, Ambassador Abdul Basit and Dr. Ashfaque Hasan Khan, former advisor to the finance ministry.
(Further reporting by Shafqat Ali)