Wells talks of nurturing trust

Discusses Qureshi-Pompeo understanding, Afghan peace; calls on finance minister


Staff Report


Ambassador Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs held delegation-level talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, the foreign office said.

Delegation level talks were led by Aftab Khokhar, Additional Secretary (Americas), from the Pakistan side. Senior officials from Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Defence also attended the meeting.

The meeting took stock of the understanding reached between the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Secretary Pompeo to rebuild the relationship based on mutual trust and respect.

Pakistani side emphasized the need to diversify the relationship with particular focus on enhanced economic and trade cooperation and people to people contacts.

The evolving regional situation and peace and stability in Afghanistan were also discussed.

The US delegation appreciated the need to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Pakistan which was an important country of the region.

The two sides agreed to continue efforts to promote the shared objectives of peace and stability in the region and diversify bilateral relationship. Ambassador Wells called on the finance minister.

Wells arrived in Pakistan yesterday. According to Dr. Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, she will also call on Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Meanwhile, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice G. Wells called on Finance Minister Asad Umar.

Both discussed the current state of Pak-US relations with focus on economic cooperation. The overall security situation in the region also came under discussion.

Finance minister said that such visits contribute to enhancing understanding of each other’s point of view on issues of bilateral significance. He shared with Wells PTI’s vision to bring about changes in the economic landscape of the country.

Wells apprised the Asad of the US efforts for regional security and emphasized the importance of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in that regard.

Matters related to international cooperation to curb terror financing also came under discussion.

Asad said that Pakistan had made huge strides against terrorism in the recent years and it will continue to take all possible steps to root out terror financing and money laundering.