Pakistan to promote good ties with the US, considering mutual trust, respect and dignity

Pakistan to promote good ties with the US, considering mutual trust, respect and dignity

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said Pakistan would promote relations with the United States based on mutual trust, respect and dignity.

“Pakistan-US relations were at standstill when the new government came to power as the previous government did nothing to improve them,” he said while talking to media in Islamabad.

He said the country has rendered huge human and financial sacrifices for peace and security in the region. “We want to cleanse the region of terrorism.”

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other high officials was a window of opportunity during which various issues in bilateral relations and shared objectives would be discussed.

Pompeo would come on a visit to the country on September 5, he said.To a query regarding reported cut in security assistance to Pakistan, the foreign minister said it was not the aid which the US was giving to Pakistan. “Rather, it was the reimbursement of expenditures which we incurred while fighting war on terror.”

To another question, he told that the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to the GHQ augured well for improved civil military relations in the country.

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