LONDON: Pakistan’s foreign minister on Thursday welcomed US proposals to resume cooperation on counterterrorism and Afghanistan after a Pakistani parliamentary review of US-Pakistan relations, a senior US official told reporters.
“In terms of the vision the secretary laid out of kind of getting back into business on questions like counterterrorism, the region, Afghanistan, I think the foreign minister was very welcoming of that,” the US official said after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a one-hour, 15-minute meeting with Pakistan’s Hina Rabbani Khar in London.
Republicans, Democrats against Rohrabacher’s Balochistan Resolution
Meanwhile a Congressional delegation led by Congressman David Dreier called on Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani at the PM House.
The delegation expressed the view that the US fully supports Pakistan’s security and territorial integrity and both the Republican and Democrats were against the Resolution tabled by an individual on Balochistan.
Dreier is Chairman House Democracy Partnership and Chairman House Rules Committee.
The prime minister conveyed serious concerns about the Balochistan Resolution tabled by US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher at the Sub-Committee level, also pointing out unilateral actions such as drone strikes, adding that they were unacceptable and counter-productive.
“There was a need to discuss and overcome the situation created by such strikes,” Gilani said.
“The people of Pakistan expect US to be mindful and respectful of Pakistan’s national interests and in particular its security and territorial integrity.”
The Congressmen agreed with the prime minister that the trust deficit should be removed and that the US Congress and Pakistan’s Parliamentarians can play an important role in this regard.