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Pakistan, US improving ties: Agreed to act against all terror groups

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI

Pakistan and US relations improving after recent tension between the two countries.Both the countries have agreed to continue bilateral engagements at all levels.

The resolve was expressed during a meeting of US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South Central Asia Ambassador Alice G. Wells with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad today.

The two sides reviewed bilateral relations and discussed regional issues particularly Afghanistan.
Both sides reiterated their firm commitment to act against all groups that target Pakistan and Afghanistan.
They agreed that the momentum of the peace initiative unveiled in Kabul by President Ashraf Ghani and followed up in Tashkent needs to be carried forward.

Mechanisms for return of refugees and strengthening border management were also discussed.
The Foreign Secretary apprised the visiting delegation of the continued ceasefire violations by India that undermined stability of the region and highlighted Pakistan’s position that a comprehensive dialogue is the only way forward for civilized nations to resolve outstanding issues.

Ambassador Wells emphasized the importance of working together to achieve the common objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

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