Islamabad, October 21, 2012 (PPI-OT): U.S. Special Representative Ambassador Marc Grossman met Foreign Minister Khar and Chief of Army Staff General Kayani in Islamabad yesterday to continue the conversation of how best the United States and Pakistan can work together to identify our shared interests and act on them jointly.
“I am always happy to be back in Pakistan,” said Ambassador Grossman. “We have many shared interests – including terrorism, supporting a stable and secure Afghanistan, increasing market access and economic opportunity, and supporting civilian democracy, tolerance, pluralism, and civil society.”
Ambassador Grossman expressed his appreciation for Pakistan’s support for an Afghan political process, including through the U.S.-Afghanistan-Pakistan Core Group, and noted that we want to continue our important coordination on the border and to counter terrorism in the region. We want to work together to find ways to cooperate to make Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the region secure, stable, and prosperous.
“The frank, honest, and respectful conversations we had are essential to furthering the vital relationship between the United States and Pakistan and to ensuring our shared security and economic prosperity,” said Ambassador Grossman.
Ambassador Grossman’s visit follows recent engagements, including Secretary Clinton’s meetings with Foreign Minister Khar in Washington and President Zardari in New York in September, as well as the recent U.S.-Pakistan Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism Working Group convened in Washington, DC on October 5.
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