US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday (Jan 17) discussed a series of issues, including the importance of bilateral cooperation in bringing a long-elusive peace to Afghanistan. The leaders also addressed Iran, and increased economic relations, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a brief statement following their meeting.
Pompeo’s meeting with Qureshi comes amid reports that the Afghan Taliban have presented the U.S. with a proposal that would reduce hostilities for a number of days to allow peace talks to resume. Pakistani and Taliban negotiators are also meeting in Doha, Qatar for informal talks, according to reports.
The foreign minister also expressed regret that the BJP-led Indian government has besieged millions of Kashmiris by imposing ruthless curfew and other restrictions in the held territory. He said that the Indian government imposed ban on media in the held territory to hide facts from the world.
The foreign minister underlined the need of strengthening bilateral trade and investment to materialize joint vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump.
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17 November, 2019