Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said that Pakistan wanted to forge closer economic and trade linkages with the United States, a statement issued by Foreign Office stated.
He expressed these views while meeting senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly’s session on Palestine issue in New York.
The foreign minister and Senator Graham discussed bilateral relations and the regional situation, the statement added.
According to FO, Qureshi appreciated Senator Graham’s efforts for strengthening the Pakistan-US partnership, adding that Pakistan wanted to forge closer economic and trade linkages with the US.
In this regard, the foreign minister and the Senator also agreed to further enhance bilateral cooperation in the agricultural sector, especially for enhancing agricultural productivity in Pakistan.
Constructive call w/ @LindseyGrahamSC. Appreciate his support for a stronger 🇵🇰 🇺🇸 strategic partnership & his commitment to improvement of our agriculture productivity. Also spoke of forging greater trade ties & 🇵🇰 support for peace process in 🇦🇫 for regional peace & stability.— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) May 21, 2021
'Peace in Afghanistan shared responsibility of all parties'
Qureshi said that Pakistan would continue to support efforts for achieving an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan that would lead to a comprehensive ceasefire, and an orderly and responsible withdrawal of foreign forces.
He stressed that peace in Afghanistan was ultimately the shared responsibility of all Afghan parties as well as key international stakeholders.
Senator Graham appreciated Pakistan’s support for deepening the peace process in Afghanistan, while underscoring the importance of economic engagement between the United States and Pakistan that would also contribute to regional peace and stability.
The foreign minister invited Senator Graham to visit Pakistan, which he gladly accepted.