Pakistan, US need to focus on stronger economic, trade ties; PM


ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan and the United States of America need to focus on “significantly” improving their bilateral relations, particularly in areas of economy and trade.

He was talking to US Ambassador to Pakistan David M. Hale who called on him here at the PM House. It was Hale’s first meeting after taking over as the US Ambassador to Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendera Modi was a positive development and hoped to resolve bilateral issues between India and Pakistan through dialogue.

David M. Hale said the United States encourages both the countries to resolve their difference through peaceful means. Issues pertaining to bilateral relations, Afghanistan and other regional issues of mutual interests were discussed during the meeting, a statement from the PM House said.

The US Ambassador said the successful visit of the Prime Minister to USA earlier in October was being considered highly important.

Nawaz Sharif said during his tenure in Islamabad, he would focus on following up and implementing the agenda set out in the joint press statement including in the areas of economic and trade relations.

He congratulated the Prime Minister on successful holding of the Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad and said the US was keen to pursue the agreements reached in the trilateral and quadrilateral meetings on Afghanistan.


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