WASHINGTON: Ruling out the possibility of any ‘deal’ with the United States on nuclear program, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry Monday categorically stated that as Pakistan’s nuclear program was aimed at deterring any aggression from India, it would never compromise its national security interests.
Speaking to media persons ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s official visit to the US on Tuesday, the Foreign Secretary also sought the US role to ensure strategic stability in South Asia and resolving the core Kashmir issue between Pakistan and India.
“Whenever we talk to US, we do talk about regional security, and this time as well during the visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, we will talk about the tension with India vis a vis the situation the Line of Control (LoC)”, he added.
To a question, the Foreign Secretary said Pakistan had a clear position on India as it wanted to have good and peaceful ties with its neighbors, adding, for this purpose Prime Minister Sharif also went to New Delhi but there was no positive response from India.
“The United States should play a role for peace in the region”, he said, adding, the present democratic government also believed in it.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to US, Jalil Abbas Jilani in response to another question said Pakistan and the United had convergent views on the issue of Pak-India negotiations and were equally concerned on the situation on LoC.
To a question, the Foreign Secretary said, the civil and military leadership in Pakistan were on the same page on external and internal security issues and were taking unanimous decisions in this respect.
The Foreign Secretary said Prime Minister Sharif during his visit from October 20 to 23, had a busy schedule in which he would have important meetings with the US leaders including President Barrrack Obama.
He said Prime Minister Sharif, who was visiting the US on the invitation of President Barrack Obama besides holding important meetings with the US leaders would also interact with important business leaders as well as the Pakistani community.
He said Prime Minister Sharif and President Obama besides discussing the bilateral ties and cooperation would also talk about the regional and international issues of mutual interest.
To a question, the Foreign Secretary said, the relations between Pakistan and the US were based on mutual respect and interest and there would no prerequisites for talks.
He said the two sides had had multi-dimensional ties with cooperation in trade, energy, defence, counter-terrorism and education.
The relations between the two countries had moved beyond the security and were expanding in diverse areas, he remarked.