US State Department breaks silence over Pakistan FM meeting with secretary of state

US State Department breaks silence over Pakistan FM meeting with secretary of state
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WASHINGTON - US State Department speaks over the meeting between Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi "reiterated their desire to maintain constructive dialogue to advance shared interests", a spokesperson for the US Department of State said on Wednesday.

In a statement link issued on theState Department website, spokesperson Heather Nauert said Pompeo told Qureshi that the US "looked forward to working with Pakistan’s new government".

The Pakistani foreign minister had called on the US state secretary here at the State Department office earlier today to discuss "a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest", in what became his third meeting with his American counterpart this month, after the latter invited him to visit Washington during his visit to Islamabad last month.

Of that September trip, Nauert noted that it was "a good trip" and that the American and Pakistani leadership"had good, fruitful meetings".

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