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Clinton, Khar agree to act jointly to achieve common objectives

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar have expressed their commitment to act jointly to achieve their shared objectives.
As part of their regular consultations, the two Foreign Ministers met in Brussels late Monday night. They discussed counter terrorism, support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, the post 2014 transition in Afghanistan and various measures to further strengthen bilateral relations including the need to move the US-Pakistan economic agenda from aid to trade, emphasizing market access and investment.
They welcomed the recent meetings of the trilateral Corp Groups and the law enforcement, economic and defence working groups. They also looked forward to meetings of the energy and strategic stability working groups and underlined the importance to continue these engagements in the weeks and months ahead.
A State Department official said after the meeting that the United States and Pakistan have agreed to identify and work on the areas of common interest.
“As part of their regular series of consultations, Secretary Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Khar and their delegations reviewed the progress in US-Pakistani relations in 2012 based on their commitment to identify shared interests and act on them jointly,” he said while requesting anonymity.
“They discussed counter-terrorism cooperation, support for the Afghan-led peace process, the 2014 transition in Afghanistan and the need to move the US-Pakistan economic agenda from aid to trade, emphasizing market access and investment,” he said while identifying key areas in the bilateral relationship.
The official said that both dignitaries termed the recent interactions between Pakistan and US as encouraging for the future of relationship. “They welcomed the recent meetings of the trilateral Core Group and the Law Enforcement, Economic and Defense working groups,” he pointed out.
The foreign minister of Pakistan and the US Secretary of State “looked forward to meetings of the Energy and Strategic Stability working groups,” he informed adding that the United States and Pakistan “will continue these engagements in the weeks and months ahead.”
Earlier, responding to a question regarding the chances of reconciliation efforts with Taliban following Khar-Clinton meeting, the deputy spokesperson of the State Department, Mark Toner welcomed reports regarding reconciliation talks ongoing with the Taliban and the core group that includes Pakistan, Afghanistan.
“I think we saw last week that there were meetings between Afghanistan and Pakistan, obviously. We’ve welcomed that kind of cooperation. We want to see greater dialogue between them. Obviously our role, as well as Pakistan’s role, is the same. We want to see an Afghan-led reconciliation process,” he clarified.
He also hailed the dialogue between Pakistan and Afghanistan to further the peace process in the war-torn country. “I think that we would view any kind of dialogue between Afghanistan and Pakistan that furthers that ultimate goal to be very positive. And certainly that’s our goal, is to play a facilitative role in this process,” he maintained.



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  1. shame said:

    Objective is to destroy Pakistan thats the agenda of both.Look at situation of Pakistan worst then Afghanistan and Iraq and nation is left on the mercy of terrorists created by so called friend and there allies.What a shame our forces even cant defend them selves from afghan army attacking our check posts but using only month instead of practical actions.Shame on Pakistan to call nuclear power.

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