Washington for middle ground on Pakistani guidelines for bilateral ties

WASHINGTON, April 13 : The United States is willing to address Pakistan‘s concerns and “find a middle ground,” after the country’s Parliament approved clear-cut guidelines for Islamabad‘s relations with Washington, the State Department indicated Friday. 

Deputy spokesman at the State Department  Mark Toner said Washington is “aware of the concerns” raised by the parliamentary reivew and ready to “engage” with Pakistan on the guidelines and “willing to address their concerns going forward and find a middle ground.”

The spokesman said the U.S. would be willing to have discussions with Pakistani officials on civilian cooperation as well as counterterrorism cooperation and security issues.

 The Parliament in Islamabad Thursday unanimously okayed the guidelines, which stress respect for Pakistani sovereignty and an immediate end to drone strikes the U.S. carries out in its tribal areas to hit suspected militant targets.

 Source: MGCT, State Department. By Ali Imran



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