US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser calls on Nawaz

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS - Staff Re­porter

The US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, Dr. Su­san Rice, lauded Pak­istan's role against ter­ror­ism and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism in her meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif in Is­lam­abad on Sun­day.

Dr Rice ar­rived in Is­lam­abad to dis­cuss a wide-range of is­sues that will fo­cus on the grow­ing Pak­istan-In­dia ten­sion and the stalled Afghan peace process, of­fi­cials said. She opened her talks with meet­ing Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and "un­der­scored the im­por­tance of strong Pak­istan-US re­la­tions," the PM house said.

"Dr. Rice ex­pressed deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sac­ri­fices made by Pak­istan in the ef­forts to root out ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism and the suc­cess achieved so far," a state­ment from the PM of­fice said. She also ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Prime Min­is­ter's vi­sion of a peace­ful neigh­bour­hood. The US NSA noted the pos­i­tive di­rec­tion of on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries es­pe­cially in the ar­eas of De­fence, Econ­omy and Energy sec­tors.

She was ac­com­pa­nied by the Se­nior Di­rec­tor for South Asian Af­fairs at the US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Dr. Peter Lavoy and Am­bas­sador Richard Ol­son. The meet­ing fo­cused on mat­ters of bi­lat­eral in­ter­est and the fu­ture of Pak­istan-US re­la­tions. The sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion also came un­der dis­cus­sion, the PM's of­fice said.

The Prime Min­is­ter said that he was look­ing for­ward to his visit to the US in Oc­to­ber this year as an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther strengthen the ties be­tween the two coun­tries, the state­ment said. Pres­i­dent Barrack Obama has in­vited Nawaz Sharif for the of­fi­cial visit, ac­cord­ing to the For­eign Min­istry and dates are be­ing fi­nal­ized through diplo­matic chan­nels.

The Prime Min­is­ter said that the United States is an im­por­tant part­ner of Pak­istan in all ar­eas es­pe­cially the econ­omy, de­fence and counter-ter­ror­ism. He said that Pak­istan sees its re­la­tions with the US as a part­ner­ship which is in the in­ter­est of the two coun­tries, the re­gion and the world.

Prior to her ar­rival in Pak­istan, un­named Amer­i­can of­fi­cials told re­porters in Washington, that the visit was planned ear­lier and de­nied Pak­istani media re­ports that Dr Rice is vis­it­ing Pak­istan in view of the Pak­istan-In­dia ten­sions.

"Am­bas­sador Rice is not mak­ing an 'emer­gency visit' to Pak­istan in re­sponse to ris­ing ten­sions be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan. Am­bas­sador Rice's visit to Pak­istan has been planned for weeks as part of her trip to Asia and is un­re­lated to the re­cent rise in ten­sions," he said. "While in Pak­istan, Am­bas­sador Rice will meet with se­nior of­fi­cial to ad­vance our mu­tual in­ter­ests and ad­dress ar­eas of con­cern, par­tic­u­larly ter­ror­ist and mil­i­tant at­tacks em­a­nat­ing from Pak­istani soil," the of­fi­cial said.

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