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Sartaj says Pakistan wants to promote economic ties with US

ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (DNA): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has assured that there will be no compromise on national interests during talks with the United States.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will undertake a four-day official visit to the United States from October 20 to 23 during which he will meet high level US officials including President Barrack Obama.In a media interview Saturday, the Advisor said that during the forthcoming visit of the prime minister to Washington, the two sides would have an exchange of views on a number of issues of mutual, regional and global interest.

Sartaj Aziz said that the two sides will discuss ways to boost cooperation between the two countries in defence field. “Pakistan wants to promote economic ties with the United States,” he said.

The Advisor further said that the situation in Afghanistan will also come under discussion during the meeting between Sharif and Obama.

“Pakistan is willing to facilitate holding of second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban if the Afghan government desires so,” he said.

Sartaj Aziz has said that there will be no compromise on national interests during talks with the United States.

The Advisor said during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Washington, the two sides would have an exchange of views on a number of issues of mutual, regional and global interest.

Sartaj Aziz said the two sides will discuss cooperation in defence field. He said Pakistan wants to promote economic ties with the United States.

To a question the Advisor said the situation in Afghanistan will also come under discussion. He said Pakistan is willing to facilitate holding of second round of peace talks between Afghan Government and Taliban if Afghan Government if so desired.

Nawaz Sharif is expected to hold a meeting with President Obama on October 22.

“During the visit, the Prime Minister will brief the US leadership on Pakistan’s policies for the revival of the economy, fight against terrorism and the regional situation,” the Foreign Office Spokesman Qazi Khalilullah has said.

“Discussions will also be held on bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, education, defence, counter-terrorism, health and climate change,” Khalilullah added. DNA






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