ISLAMABAD: A US delegation led by Senator John McCain called on Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Sunday.
A four-member US Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain, Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee called on the Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Sunday.
Welcoming the US Senators, the Adviser reiterated the importance of regular high level contacts between the two countries. He said parliamentary exchanges are particularly useful to understand each other’s perspective on issues of mutual interest and concerns.
Senator McCain and his colleagues deeply appreciated the enormous success achieved by Pakistan in its counterterrorism campaign which they said was so impressively visible during their trip to North Waziristan.
The Adviser said Pak-US relationship is important for ensuring peace and stability in the region.
With reference to recent developments concerning the India-US relations, the Adviser emphasized the need to maintain strategic balance in South Asia.
Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan remains committed to the Quadrilateral Coordination Group process in Afghanistan. He said that no country has as much vital stakes in the success of these joint efforts, as Pakistan.
The US delegation reiterated the importance the US government and Congress attach to the stability and continued progress of Pakistan.
In view of the growing challenges confronting the world, the Senators emphasized greater contact between Pakistan and the US and to work together to address the regional and global challenges. They highlighted the significance of improved relations between India and Pakistan.
Senator McCain and his colleagues also welcomed closer coordination between Pakistan and Afghanistan on various complex issues.
During their visit to North Waziritan, the US Senators witnessed the erstwhile hideouts and communication infrastructure of terrorism, which has been cleared of terrorists as a result of operation Zarb-e-Azb.
The Senators commended the rehabilitation work being carried out by Pakistan Army to resettle the displaced people back in their area with dignity and honour.
Later, they also met with wounded soldiers and officers who were seriously affected during initial phases of the operation and have now voluntarily rejoined the battlefield.
The visitors appreciated the determination and grit of all affected Pakistani soldiers and their unparalleled sacrifice for their motherland. –Radio Pakistan