Working with US to remove operational snags: Pak
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 23:37
Islamabad: Acknowledging that there were operational difficulties in its ties with the US, Pakistan on Thursday said it was working with Washington to remove them.

"We continue to engage with the United States for building partnership for our shared goals," Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said during her weekly press briefing.

As Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has already mentioned, the ties at the operational level were facing difficulties, she said, adding that it is being worked out between the two countries.

Janjua said there are some concerns on both sides which were being discussed.

"It remains our belief that this relationship is crucial for the peace and stability of the entire region and beyond," she said.

"The realisation on both the sides about the importance of this partnership and the need for it to be founded upon mutual trust and respect was fully acknowledged, during the Secretary of State's (Hillary Clinton's) conversation with the Foreign Minister (Khar) over the telephone a few days ago," she said.

Replying to a question, the spokesperson denied that any order was issued to 200 US diplomats to leave Pakistan within next 30 days, adding that reports published in this regard were incorrect.

"Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible to address all the issues relating to the movement of diplomats," she said.

Answering another question on Sino-Pak ties, Janjua said the two countries have very deep rooted relations and Pakistan is always happy with the development in China.

Pakistan's relations with China are unique, long standing, broad-ranging and multifaceted, she said.

The spokesperson said Khar's visit to China, which concluded last night, is yet another important landmark in the series of top level interactions, which point to the robustness of the Pak-China friendship and the commitment of both sides to invest this relationship with even greater substance.

To a question on presence of mass graves in Kashmir, Janjua said that human rights should be respected and crimes related to their violation should be punished accordingly.


First Published: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 23:37

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