Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Islamabad on Friday that Pakistan desires a broad-based, long-term, and enduring partnership with the US to promote economic cooperation and regional peace.
Qureshi highlighted the importance of a frequent and organised interaction between the two nations in a meeting with Sherman, which was also attended by South and Central Asian Affairs Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, and top foreign ministry officials.
During the meeting, government representatives discussed issues related to bilateral relations, Afghanistan and regional peace.
According to Qureshi, the US and Pakistan have similar views on Afghanistan. He expressed his belief that the new Afghan government will strive for peace and stability, as well as the welfare of the Afghan people.
He stated that an Afghan administration that is representative and broad-based may be a reliable partner for the international community.
Qureshi emphasised the importance of the international community “positively engaging” with Afghanistan and providing humanitarian and financial aid.
He believes that concrete efforts should be done to establish a viable economy in Afghanistan and to solve the challenges that the Afghan people confront.
Qureshi also urged for the resolution of the Kashmir conflict for long-term peace and stability in South Asia, citing significant human rights violations in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, according to Radio Pakistan.
Pakistan’s assistance in the evacuation of American and other people from Afghanistan, as well as its consistent efforts for regional peace, were praised by the US ambassador.
Sherman stated, “We look forward to going forward to solve regional and global issues.”
She also conveyed her great sadness and anguish over the human and material losses caused by the earthquake in Balochistan.