The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi addressed a roundtable discussion held at the John Hopkins University, Washington D.C on “U.S.-Pakistan relations: the way forward. The roundtable was moderated by Dr, Vali Nasr, Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Leading scholars, academician and selected members of the think tanks participated in the discussion.
In his opening remarks, the Special Assistant highlighted the importance Pakistan attaches to stronger Pakistan-U.S. cooperation. He noted that substantial progress has been made in the bilateral relationship especially since the visit of the Prime Minister to Washington last year. He stressed that an enduring U.S.-Pakistan partnership is vital to regional and international security.
The Special Assistant stated that Pakistan and the US is closely cooperating for bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan. The United States has appreciated Pakistan’s positive role and contribution for enabling Afghanistan to hold the recent Presidential election in a peaceful manner.
During the interactive session, the Special Assistant responded to various questions related to different aspects of Pakistan’s relations with the US, China, India and other countries in the region. The Special Assistant stressed that Pakistan is willing to play a constructive role for maintaining peace and tranquility in the region and beyond. He hoped that the forthcoming meetings between Pakistan and India at the Foreign Secretaries level will set the stage for constructive dialogue between the two countries leading to resolution of all outstanding issues.
July 24, 2014