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January 22, 2020

Pakistan’s Special Envoy Begins Visit to Washington

Washington – Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, met U. S officials and briefed them on the ongoing military operations against militants in the country’s troubled tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

Mr. Fatemi began his official visit to the U.S. on Monday and met Deputy Secretary of State Toney Blinken at the State Department. Pakistan’s Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani and Dan Feldman, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, also attended the meeting.

The two sides reviewed the state of bilateral relationship and expressed satisfaction over its growing momentum and positive trajectory, according to a statement issued by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington.

The two sides acknowledged that high level interactions between the leadership of the two countries have contributed significantly in strengthening bilateral cooperation on economy, regional stability, and countering extremism and terrorism.

Mr. Fatemi briefed the U.S. officials on efforts by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to reach out to Pakistan’s neighbors and his commitment to maintaining cordial relations with all its neighbors, including Afghanistan and India.

He also apprised the Deputy Secretary of the steps taken by the Government over the last two years to implement its economic agenda, while highlighting the progress made in achieving economic stability and investor confidence.

He thanked the U.S. for its continued support to Pakistan for its political and economic stability and its efforts to bring regional peace and harmony.

Secretary Blinken appreciated Pakistan’s stabilizing role in the region.  He also lauded the Prime Minister’s efforts to reach out to Pakistan’s neighbors and hoped that his initiatives would help bring peace and prosperity to the region.

Mr. Blinken assured the Special Assistant of continued US engagement with the region. He also reiterated US support to Prime Minister’s economic development plans with special focus on energy and countering extremism and militancy. Pakistan’s role in facilitating the reconciliation process between Afghan government and the Taliban was also lauded by the US side.

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