Washington, February 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was received by Secretary of State, John Kerry in the Department of State today. Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani, accompanied him, whereas Secretary Kerry was assisted by Dan Feldman, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan during the meeting. The Interior Minister is visiting Washington to represent Pakistan at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.
During the meeting, matters relating to bilateral relations with particular focus on the peace and security situation in the region came under discussion. The Interior Minister and Secretary Kerry expressed satisfaction over the pace of bilateral cooperation between the two countries under the strategic dialogue process.
Secretary Kerry recalled his last visit to Islamabad and fruitful meetings with the Prime Minister and other leaders. He expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and extremism, and commended its resolve and the steps being taken to tackle terrorism in a comprehensive manner. He also lauded the Prime Minister’s initiatives for regional peace and development.
Both sides recognized the need for the United States and Pakistan to closely coordinate and cooperate with each other and with Afghanistan to ensure peace and stability in that country.
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