Rex Tillerson felicitates Foreign Minister on Independence Day

Islamabad: United States (US) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Monday to felicitate him on the 70th Independence Day anniversary of Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

According to the statement, he conveyed the best wishes on behalf of the US Government and the American people to the government and people of Pakistan. He also congratulated the foreign minister on assuming office and expressed his desire to work with him for achieving common objectives.

Khawaja Asif while thanking Secretary Tillerson  termed  the call  an apt reminder of the long history of relations between the two countries. He added that the US had been a longtime partner in Pakistan’s journey of development, both in the socio-economic and defence sector.

The minister said the current leadership of Pakistan was committed to strengthening relations with the US and stressed  the need to build a dynamic and diverse relationship based on mutual trust, sincerity, and confidence.

The minister said that Pakistan would benefit the most if peace and stability were achieved in Afghanistan as the success and sustainability of Pakistan’s economic reforms depend upon a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

He expressed the country’s willingness to work with the US once the policy review on Afghanistan is unveiled. He emphasised that a political settlement to conflict in Afghanistan was common objective of Pakistan and the US.

Secretary Tillerson later extended an invitation to the minister to visit the US to carry on the conversation. The minister reciprocally invited Secretary Tillerson to visit Pakistan, which the latter has accepted, the statement said.


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