Dobbins calls on Sartaj, discusses US-Pakistan relations, Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD – US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins paid his farewell call on Adviser to prime minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at the Foreign Office on Monday.

The discussions covered Pakistan-US bilateral relations and developments in Afghanistan. The adviser took the opportunity to laud Ambassador Dobbins’ efforts for the promotion of stable, cooperative and durable relations between Pakistan and the US during his term as the special representative.

The two sides reiterated their resolve to further deepen the bilateral relations and strengthen mutual consultations on post-2014 Afghanistan with a view to advancing the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic development in the region and beyond. The adviser highlighted the instrumental role of Pakistan-US strategic dialogue in fostering closer collaboration between the two countries in diverse fields including trade, economy, energy, counter-terrorism, education and science and technology.

Reviewing the process since its revitalization last year, the two sides expressed satisfaction over the steady enhancement of mutual understanding and fruitful cooperation. Sartaj highlighted Pakistan’s monumental effort to address the threat of terrorism and underscored that the Zarb-e-Azb military operation was addressing this menace without any discrimination or distinction.

In the regional context, the adviser reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan. He appreciated the efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry who had contributed to an amicable understanding on election-related issues. He also underlined Pakistan’s support for a peaceful democratic transition, underscoring its vital importance for stability in Afghanistan and the region.

The meeting was also attended by US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson and Foreign Affairs Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

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