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US Congressional delegation meets Foreign Secretary


Saturday, 15 February 2014   09:32:40

US Congressional delegation meets Foreign Secretary

      ISLAMABAD, Feb 14 (APP): A four members bipartisan delegation
of Subcommittee on Defense of the United States House Appropriations
Committee (HAC) Friday held a meeting with Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed
Chaudhry in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
      The delegation was led by sub-committee Chairman
Representative, Rodney P. Frelinghuysen and included Congressman
Representative Peter Visclosky, Representative James Moran and
Representative Kenneth Calvert. The US Ambassador to Pakistan
Richard Olson also attended the meeting.
      Pakistan-US bilateral relations including economic, security
and counter-terrorism issues as well as the regional situation were
discussed.
      The Foreign Secretary highlighted to the legislators the
Government's focus on economic, particularly the energy sector.
      Pakistan's commitment to promote relations with its neighbours
for regional security and stability were underscored.
      The Foreign Secretary stressed on the importance of Pakistan's
relations with the United States of America.
      He noted the upward trajectory in bilateral relations as
manifest in the Ministerial Review of the Pakistan-US Strategic
Dialogue held in Washington last month.
      He also appreciated the US assistance to Pakistan in support
of its counter terrorism efforts.
      The US visiting Congressmen acknowledged the importance of
Pakistan-US relationship especially in the current international
environment and reiterated support to the consolidation of democracy
in Pakistan.
      The US side also appreciated Pakistan's efforts for countering
terrorism and its role in the promotion of regional peace and
prosperity, especially in the backdrop of US forces drawdown from
Afghanistan during the current year.