WEB DESK: Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs held a meeting with the US National Security Advisor (NSA), Ambassador Susan Rice at the White House on February 29, 2016. Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani accompanied him during the meeting.
Adviser Aziz briefed Rice on the advances made by Pakistan in improving the state of its economy, internal security and reaffirmed government’s firm commitment to peace and security in the region. Ambassador Rice appreciated the sacrifices made by Pakistan military in its successful endeavours to confront the security challenges posed by terrorist elements. Aziz reiterated the importance of reconciliation process in Afghanistan, while reassuring that Pakistan would provide the necessary support to an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led initiative in this regard.
He also stated that improved management of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border was key to the ultimate success in efforts to root out the scourge of terrorism in the region. Aziz also briefed Rice on the recent positive developments concerning Pakistan’s relations with India. Aziz is currently on an official visit to the United States and leading Pakistan’s delegation for participation in the Ministerial Review of Strategic Dialogue hosted by Secretary Kerry on February 29 at the State Department. During the meeting Aziz and Rice noted with appreciation the important outcomes under the Six Working Groups of the Strategic Dialogue.
Aziz and Rice reviewed the current state of Pak-US bilateral relations and expressed confidence that strategic partnership between the two countries would further strengthen and deepen in various areas of cooperation.
While recognising the significance of continued high-level engagements between the two countries, Rice looked forward to the visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to Washington DC at the end of March for participation in the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).-PR