Pak-US ties reset after successful visit of PM Imran: Foreign Office

Pak-US ties reset after successful visit of PM Imran: Foreign Office

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said that the bilateral ties between Pakistan and the United States (US) have been reset with the successful and productive visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Washington, Radio Pakistan reported.

Addressing the weekly news briefing in Islamabad, FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and the US President Donald Trump held comprehensive talks.

He added that the two leaders focused on building a broad-based and enduring partnership between the two countries and strengthening cooperation to bring peace, stability and economic prosperity in South Asia.

The FO spokesperson said Pakistan and the US have decided to establish a mechanism to follow up on the understanding reached during the visit.

Dr Faisal said there was no mention of 'do more' during talks with the US administration. We want to move forward on the basis of mutual respect.

He said Pakistan welcomes US President Donald Trump's offer of mediation on Kashmir dispute.

Expressing surprise over Indian reaction on the mediation offer, Faisal said India should give a matured response for resolution of the outstanding dispute.

He said Pakistan's approach is peace and dialogue based for resolution of the dispute in accordance with the UN Security resolutions and the aspirations of Kashmiri people.

Responding to a question regarding recent Line of Control (LOC) violations by the Indian forces, the FO spokesperson said Pakistan had stressed upon the resident India diplomat to ensure that New Delhi follows the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement.

When asked about the next meeting on Kartarpur corridor, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan is prepared for the talks. He said the Indian side has to give the dates. He, however, expressed the confidence that the meeting will soon be held.

Referring to Afghanistan conflict, Dr Faisal said Pakistan's role has been that of facilitator which has been acknowledged by every stakeholder including the US He said we want an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned solution of the conflict.

Responding to a question about Iran, the FO spokesperson said Pakistan is watching the developments in the region very closely.

He said security of commercial and shipping supply lines in the Strait of Hormuz and beyond is very important and critical.