Pakistan US ties: Ice breaks between two strained allies

Pakistan US ties: Ice breaks between two strained allies

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has given positive signals regarding future Pakistan and US relations.

It seems that gradually ice is breaking between Pakistan and United States over strained ties that emerged from a new year tweet from President Donald Trump.

US Secretary of State on Wednesday expressed his desire to work with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led (PTI) government.

In a statement issued on Wednesday following a meeting between the US Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pompeo said that the US wishes to work with Islamabad.

He said that Pakistan can play an important role in the resolution of Afghan dispute, adding that the Afghan Taliban shouldn’t waste opportunity for dialogues.

The US Secretary of State went on to say that peace and stability in South Asia is in the interest of both Pakistan and the US.

Pak-US dialogues should continue for the resolution of regional issues and joint interests of both countries.

On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo at the State Department and discussed bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.

The foreign minister was assisted by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Ali Jehangir Siddiqui.