Foreign Minister Qureshi Meets US National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House
Foreign Minister of Pakistan Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met US National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House today.
They discussed Pakistan-US bilateral relations and the regional situation in South Asia, including the efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the Afghan situation.
Sharing Pakistan’s perspective, Foreign Minister Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s long held position that there was no military solution to the situation in Afghanistan. He stated that Pakistan would continue to support the efforts for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
Welcoming the renewed US focus on achieving a political resolution in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister underscored that Pakistan regarded peace and stability in Afghanistan as vital for its own long-term stability and progress.
Referring to Pakistan’s continued efforts to positively engage the National Unity Government in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister underlined that the Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) provided the most effective mechanism to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In the context of achieving stability in South Asia, Foreign Minister Qureshi briefed his US interlocutor about India’s aggressive posturing in the region. After initially agreeing to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s peace initiative, the government in India had caved into internal politics. FM Qureshi underscored that, on its part, Pakistan remained committed to engaging India in a comprehensive peace dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
The two leaders agreed that continued Pakistan-US cooperation will be in the interest of regional peace and security in South Asia.
Foreign Minister meets U.S. Secretary of State
Washington: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the State Department today for wide-ranging talks on 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.
The Foreign Minister, who is paying an official visit to Washington at Secretary Pompeo’s invitation, said that close engagement between Pakistan and the United States had always been mutually beneficial and a factor for stability in South Asia. He stressed that, going forward, a broad-based and structured framework for dialogue would best serve the two countries’ shared interests.
Foreign Minister Qureshi highlighted the development-focused and people-centric agenda of the Government, which was contingent on peace and security in Pakistan’s neighborhood.
The Foreign Minister noted that Pakistan and the United States shared a common desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region at large. He reiterated Pakistan’s support for a political settlement in Afghanistan, noting that the use of force had failed to deliver results.
The Foreign Minister stressed that peace in South Asia, which was a common goal of both the United States and Pakistan, would remain elusive until all disputes, including the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir, are resolved.
Welcoming the Foreign Minister to the State Department, Secretary Pompeo said the United States looked forward to working with the new Government of Pakistan in implementing its reform agenda. He appreciated Pakistan’s support for political reconciliation in Afghanistan and its efforts for peace in the neighborhood.
Both sides agreed that the time was ripe for the Afghan Taliban to avail the opportunity for a political settlement by seizing the opportunity for dialogue.
The two leaders agreed to remain engaged with a view to achieving their shared bilateral and regional objectives.