Sartaj Aziz meets US Senate delegation

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Pakistan was also upset at the recent US arms deal with India signed during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington.

A five-member USA delegation, headed by McCain, held talks with a Pakistani delegation led by the country's foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad, said Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nafees Zakaria.

The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz and National Security Advisor Nasir Janjua among others.

The members of the U.S. delegation included Senators Lindsey Graham (Republican), Elizabeth Warren (Democrat), Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat) and David Perdue (Republican).

PM Nawaz said that Pakistan is desirous of good neighbourly terms with both India and Afghanistan. "Peace and stability in Afghanistan is not possible without Pakistan's help".

The US senators also praised the economic turnaround, as manifested by investors' interest and confidence in Pakistan.


On Sunday, McCain, who was accompanied by senators Lindsey Graham, Elizabeth Warren, Sheldon Whitehouse and David Perdue, said: "We will not have peace in the region without Pakistan".

Both sides also came to the agreement that United States and Pakistan need to forge closer cooperation in confronting the peace and security challenges in the region and beyond.

Aziz also raised concern over the inhumane activities of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

The comments come after Reuters news agency quoted two USA officials last month as saying the administration was considering hardening its attitude toward Islamabad because of the ease with which Pakistan-based militants have been able to launch attacks across the border in Afghanistan.

Mr Aziz apprised the U.S. delegation comprising prominent senators from both Democratic and Republican parties about Pakistan's success in combating terrorism through Operations Zarb-i-Azb and Raddul Fasaad and informed them that the terrorist networks had been dismantled, their sanctuaries eliminated under the overarching National Action Plan.

Aziz for his part vowed Pakistan remained committed to "constructive engagement" with the United States in the efforts to create a "stable and prosperous" Afghanistan.

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