PM Nawaz, Olson discuss Pak-US relations

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ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador Richard Olson called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here on Friday. During the meeting, Prime Minister Sharif and Ambassador Olson discussed Pak-US relations and cooperation in the war against terrorism. Prime Minister Sharif said Pakistan desired strong and cooperative relationship with the US and would support an initiative for peace in Afghanistan while reiterating Islamabad’s commitment to all initiatives designed to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.

“The Prime Minister also conveyed to Ambassador Olson that he looked forward to receive US Secretary of State John Kerry and in addition to sharing views on the present state of the relationship, also wanted to share a vision of bilateral relations in the future,” a statement from the PM House said.

The Ambassador shared with the Prime Minister US priorities relating to the visit and also took the opportunity to brief the Prime Minister on Pakistan-US relations and the regional situation.

The meeting was also attended by Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar and Prime Minister Special Assistant on National Security and Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi.

The meeting comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit Pakistan in the next two days. During his visit Kerry is expected to discuss the future of trade between the two countries along with prospects of pushing reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan and establishing peace in the country before the US/NATO pullout.