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People-to-People contacts vital for Pak-United States bilateral relations

Islamabad, December 19, 2012 (PPI-OT): The United States says it gives great importance to promote people to people contacts with Pakistan for bilateral relations.

In an interview with Radio Pakistan broadcast Tuesday evening‚ Senior Advisor of the US State Department‚ Nayyera Haq said Washington believes in direct communication with the Pakistani people and that is why it is encouraging its people to learn Urdu.

Terming Pakistan-US relations as historic‚ deep and longstanding‚ Nayyera Haq said besides terrorism‚ the United States is helping Pakistan in the sectors of energy‚ economy‚ trade and health of children.

She said terrorism has affected both the countries. The United States recognizes that Pakistan has rendered more sacrifices in this war than any other country of the world. She said the United States will continue to extend cooperation to Pakistan in the war against terrorism as it is in the interest of entire world.

She said Muslims and expatriate Pakistanis are an important and big component of the US political system. Our involvement in the politics there is also in the interests of the US.

When asked about cooperation between Pakistan and the United States in diverse sectors‚ Nayyera Haq said both the governments should focus on those projects which are beneficial for the people of Pakistan. She said the United States is giving scholarships to Pakistani students in large number. She expressed the confidence that the education exchange program will not only help promote bilateral relations between the two countries but will also remove misunderstandings and misperceptions about Pakistanis. She said Pakistani youth should equip themselves with education and contribute in the progress and development of the country.

When queried about the regional situation with particular reference to the post-2014 situation‚ Nayyera Haq said Afghan people are sovereign and it has been the policy of the United States to prepare Afghanistan to take up its own responsibilities. Admitting that Afghanistan is hit hard by conflict and terrorism‚ she said the United States and Pakistan have an important role to play for the wellbeing and welfare of Afghan people. She said Afghanistan and Pakistan should make collective efforts for establishment of peace in the region

For more information, contact:
Zafar Iqbal Mughal
Spokesman PBC
Radio Pakistan
Tel: +9251 9219439
Mobile: +92301 5088234
Email: spokesman@radio.gov.pk

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