Tillerson's visit paved way to strengthen bilateral relations with US: FO

Nafees Zakariya said Pakistan discussed Indian ceasefire violations during meeting


News Desk October 26, 2017
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan has said that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent visit will pave way to strengthen bilateral relations between Islamabad and Washington, Radio Pakistan reported.

Speaking at the weekly Foreign Office briefing, Nafees Zakaria said that Pakistan had presented its stance on ceasefire violations by Indian troops at the Line of Control and highlighted the atrocities committed in Indian-occupied Kashmir during the meeting with Tillerson.

He reiterated that the country had made indiscriminate efforts to eliminate terrorism.

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