‘US views Nawaz govt as reliable partner’

Dobbins calls on Nisar, assures long-term relationship

ISLAMABAD – US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins on Thursday called on Interior Affairs Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali and eulogized the role of Pakistan both as an ally and as a major player in the region for peace and stability.

Overall regional situation came under discussion during the meeting, which was also attended by US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson. Dobbins assured the minister that US views Nawaz Sharif government as a reliable partner in pursuit of peace and was committed to a multi-faceted and long-term relationship with Pakistan.

He said Pakistan’s importance was going to multiply in the aftermath of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. Nisar emphasised the need for openness and transparency in relationship and demanded a genuine and honest appraisal and appreciation of Pakistan’s role without which the relationship can never be substantive or proactive.

It was agreed to maintain close interaction both at policy level and in term of areas of close cooperation.

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