U.S. to enhance relations with Pakistan: special envoy

U.S. to enhance relations with Pakistan: special envoy
# 25 April 2014 19:06 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador James Dobbins, who concluded his two-day visit to Pakistan, on Friday reaffirmed the United States' commitment to enhancing its relations with Pakistan, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The U.S. embassy said the special envoy discussed with Pakistani leaders the opportunities for bilateral coordination to promote regional stability, and explored ways for the United States and Pakistan to forge a stronger partnership by working together to achieve common objectives.

Ambassador Dobbins appreciated the opportunity to meet with senior Pakistani leadership in a series of meetings in Islamabad, a statement from the embassy said.

He met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Policy and National Security Sartaj Aziz, and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to discuss a wide range of bilateral topics and mutual interests concerning the region.

Officials said the U.S. special representative called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday and discussed bilateral issues and regional matters, focusing on Afghanistan.

They also reviewed regional security situation, the U.S. draw- down and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. They discussed post-Afghan election scenario and situation on Pak-Afghan border.

It was Dobbins' first visit to Pakistan after the April 5 presidential elections in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Dobbins is a frequent visitor of Pakistan. Last year, he visited Islamabad in June, October and December. He also accompanied Secretary of State Kerry during his visit to Pakistan in 2013.

The visit was important in view of the withdrawal of the U.S.- led NATO troops as the role of Pakistan is important to provide land route for the withdrawal of heavy machinery.

The role of the two countries is also a key to the elusive peace in Afghanistan before the NATO withdrawal to avoid any instability.

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