PM Nawaz, Obama vows to strengthen ties


WASHINGTON: A meeting between Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and US President Barack Obama was held in Washington on Thursday.


US President welcomed Nawaz Sharif at the White House. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister thanked President Barack Obama for his hospitality and inviting him to visit the United States.

PM said Pak-US relations have 70-year long relationship.

US President said Pakistani community is playing an important role in development and progress of the United States. Obama said his country has very strong relations with Pakistan.

PM added the United States wants to enhance its cooperation with Pakistan in science and technology.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan wants cooperation with the United States in all sectors. He stressed the need for further expansion of relationship between the two countries.

US President Barack Obama said the visit will further strengthen relationship between Pakistan and the United States.

‘Resilient Pak-US partnership vital for regional and global peace’

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and US President Barak Obama have said a resilient Pak-US partnership is vital for regional and global peace and security to address evolving threats in South Asia.

This was stated in a joint communiqué issued after a meeting between the two leaders at White House in Washington tonight.

President Obama commended Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s leadership in strengthening and consolidating Pakistan’s democratic institutions.

Both leaders committed to build on the ongoing US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue to advance progress in these and other areas.

The two leaders expressed concern over violence along the Line of Control, and noted their support for confidence-building measures and effective mechanisms that are acceptable to both parties.

They emphasized the importance of a sustained and resilient dialogue process between the two neighbors aimed at resolving all outstanding territorial and other disputes, including Kashmir, through peaceful means.

The two leaders underscored that all sides should continuously act with maximum restraint and work jointly toward strengthening strategic stability in South Asia.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Obama discussed the continuing threat of nuclear terrorism and committed to work together to make Nuclear Security Summit to be hosted President Obama next year a success.

President Obama acknowledged Pakistan’s role as key counterterrorism partner and recognized the sacrifices that Pakistani civilians, military, and law enforcement personnel have rendered while fighting terrorism.

The two leaders expressed commitment to advance an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process and called on Taliban leaders to enter into direct talks with Kabul for a sustainable peace in Afghanistan.