US diplomat Alice G Wells visits Pakistan, meets Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua
Islamabad, Mar 29 (IBNS): The United States (US) Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Ambassador Alice G Wells, met Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This is Wells' second visit to Pakistan this year, aimed at continuing the conversation to strengthen bilateral relations and promote peace and security in the region, read a statement issued by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the meeting, the two sides reviewed bilateral relations and discussed regional issues, particularly Afghanistan.
Both sides agreed that the momentum of the peace initiative unveiled in Kabul by President Ashraf Ghani and followed up in Tashkent needs to be carried forward, read the statement.
"Mechanisms for return of refugees and strengthening border management were also discussed. Both sides also reiterated their firm commitments to act against all groups that target Pakistan and Afghanistan," the statement further said.
The Foreign Secretary also apprised the visiting delegation of the continued ceasefire violations by India that undermined stability of the region.
Pakistan said that a comprehensive dialogue was the only way forward for civilized nations to resolve outstanding issues, was reiterated.
Noting that the US and Pakistan had a long track record of cooperation, Ambassador Wells emphasized the importance of working together to achieve the common objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the surrounding region.
The two sides agreed to continue bilateral engagements at all levels.