ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office on Thursday expressed hope that bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United States would be strengthened further in the coming years.
In his weekly media briefing in Islamabad, the Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan had longstanding relationship with the United States and was looking forward to work with the new US administration under the leadership of Donald Trump.
The spokesman said that Pakistan and the US had strategic dialogue mechanism covering diverse areas including economic, security, defence, education, scientific research and cooperation in other areas.
In reply to a question regarding the US President Donald Trump’s statement about terrorism, the foreign office spokesman said that terrorism had no religion, caste, creed or colour.
“It is a global phenomenon and global cooperation is required to deal with this menace,” Zakaria said.
Nafees Zakaria while answering another question said that Kashmir was a core issue between Pakistan and India which was a matter of concern to the World community.
“We have always welcomed anyone who wants to play role for mediation to resolve the dispute of Kashmir and other issues between Pakistan and India,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman further said that currently, the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir was getting worse. He said that the killing, arbitrary arrests and fake encounters of Kashmiris continued and their fundamental rights were being denied constantly. He urged the International Community to act to hold India accountable for their crimes against humanity.