Mutual respect will enhance Pak-US relationship: Chaudhary

Staff Report
Wednesday - January 24, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan ambassador in United States (US) Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, on Monday spoke on broadening the lens beyond security: the next few decades of US-Pakistan relations and held, “Strong bilateral relationship has to be based on mutual respect and commonality of interests;” an official statement said.

According to detail, he was addressing south Asia experts, academics, opinion makers, US government officials and media representatives, at the center for strategic and international studies (CSIS) in Washington DC.

Ambassador Chaudhary argued that strong and durable Pak-US partnership was essential to achieve the common objectives of peace and stability in the region, especially for peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.

He outlined a number of steps, government of Pakistan (GoP) has taken to facilitate the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Chaudhary apprised the audience on the sacrifices and achievements of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.

He stated, “Pakistan has turned the tide of terrorism at a time when the broader region was still grappling with this menace and this is evident by increasing presence of Islamic state of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Afghanistan.”

Chaudhary informed the audience about the economic strides that Pakistan has made in the recent years, as a result of improving law and order situation.

He highlighted the enormous opportunities in Pakistan for foreign investment and highlighted that more US corporate entities have also shown keen interest in taking advantage of the improved economic situation in the country.

He emphasised the need for Pakistan and the US to work together, to enhance economic aspect of the relationship for mutual prosperity.

Ambassador also touched upon the various other aspects of the 70 years of the multifaceted bilateral relationship between Pakistan and US, including the strong people-to-people contacts.