Ready to visit Pakistan in near future, says John Kerry

US secretary of state meets Sartaj Aziz at the ARF ministerial meeting in Vietinae, Lao People's Democratic Republic


Kamran Yousaf July 26, 2016
A file photo of US Secretary of State John Kerry meeting Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on August 1, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he would visit Pakistan in the near future to review bilateral cooperation and discuss regional issues.

Kerry met Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on the sidelines of ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) ministerial meeting in Vietinae, Lao People's Democratic Republic, said a Foreign Office statement.

He assured the US was ready to improve and expand its multidimensional partnership with Pakistan.

Pakistan hints at reassessing US ties

During the meeting, both the leaders exchanged views on the regional situation with special reference to Afghanistan and agreed on the importance of promoting the Afghan-led reconciliation process.

Secretary Kerry appreciated Pakistan's determined efforts to eliminate terrorist groups in its tribal belt with considerable success. The two sides also reviewed Pakistan-US bilateral relations.

The ARF ministerial meeting was attended by 10 ASEAN members and 17 dialogue partners.

COMMENTS (4)

Yamuri | 5 years ago | Reply Stay away!!
gp65 | 5 years ago | Reply Note: He spoke about Afghanistan but on of Kashmir. Even Afghanistan he made it clear that process would be Afghan owned and Afghan led.
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