Strong Pak-US partnership essential for achieving peace in Afghanistan: Envoy

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said that a strong and durable partnership between Pakistan and the US is essential for ensuring regional stability, particularly ending years of conflict in terrorism-plagued Afghanistan.

While addressing a large gathering of South Asia experts, academics, opinion makers, US government officials and media representatives at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC, the envoy presented a strong case for Pakistan-US bilateral relationship based on mutual respect and commonality of interests.

The topic of the event was “Broadening the Lens Beyond Security: The Next Few Decades of US-Pakistan Relations”.

The ambassador said that cooperation between Pakistan and the United States based on strong and durable ties was essential to achieving the common objectives of peace and stability in the region, especially for peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry outlined a number of steps government of Pakistan has taken to facilitate the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani envoy said that Pakistan has fully supported international efforts to restore peace in Afghanistan and has time and again emphasized that there is no military solution to the long-running conflict. He said that Pakistan is supporting efforts for peace as stability in Afghanistan was vital for peace and stability in Pakistan.

The ambassador also apprised the audience on the sacrifices and achievements of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism. He said that Pakistan has turned the tide of terrorism at a time when the broader region was still grappling with this menace and this is evident by increasing presence of ISIS in Afghanistan.

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The envoy also highlighted the efforts and sacrifices of Pakistani people and security forces to defeat the forces of terrorism.

Moreover, he said that the improved security situation has contributed to the uptick in the economic indicators of the Country and the economic strides have been appreciated by world bodies such as International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

Ambassador Chaudhry highlighted the enormous opportunities in Pakistan for foreign investment and said that more US corporate entities have also shown keen interest in taking advantage of the improved economic situation in the country.

The envoy emphasized the need for the Pakistan and the US to work together to enhance economic content of the relationship for mutual prosperity.

In addition, the ambassador also touched upon the various other aspects of the 70 years of the multifaceted bilateral relationship between Pakistan and the United States including the strong people-to-people contacts.

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