CHICAGO, May 21 : U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exchanged views on ways to move forward the relationship with Pakistan in a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari, here on the margins of NATO summit, Washington’s envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan said.
Ambassador Marc Grossman told Voice of America’s Urdu Service in an interview that there was “a lot of conversation how to move forward the relationship”
He said the two sides discussed counterterrorism cooperation, the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan and the restoration of Pakistani ground lines of communication that allow transportation of NATO supplies into landlocked Afghanistan.
Grossman said the two sides are working to sort out differences.
Meanwhile, the State Department said, Secretary Clinton and President Zardari discussed the importance of reopening the NATO supply lines; of taking joint action against the extremists who threaten Pakistan, the United States, and the region, including al-Qaida and the Haqqani Network; of supporting Afghanistan’s security, stability, and efforts toward reconciliation; and of concluding negotiations for a U.S.-Pakistan Bilateral Investment Treaty.
“ The United States is committed to a strong, mutually beneficial relationship built on concrete actions to enhance the security and prosperity of Pakistan, the United States, and the region,” a State Department official said.
Sources: MGCT, VOA, State Department
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