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US Deputy Secretary of State in Pakistan; Discussion on regional security, economic ties

By PTI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the US have discussed regional security issues, including the situation in Afghanistan and bilateral economic cooperation, as US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman held talks with the country’s national security adviser Moeed Yousuf here, official media reported. Reported on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

The two countries on Thursday expressed their desire to boost their bilateral ties during a meeting between Imran Khan, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on NSA Yusuf, and a US diplomat.

No statement was issued after the meeting but according to Radio Pakistan, the two sides discussed economic cooperation and the regional security situation.

In his conversation with Sherman, NSA Yusuf said the world should maintain contact with the interim government in Afghanistan, now under Taliban rule since August 15, when the Afghan terrorist group ousted the elected government of President Ashraf Ghani. which forced them to flee. country and seek refuge in the United Arab Emirates.

The US Secretary of State arrived here from New Delhi on Thursday on a two-day visit to discuss various aspects of bilateral ties and the regional situation in the wake of Taliban occupation of Afghanistan.

According to the Foreign Office (FO), Sherman’s visit follows a meeting between Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York on the sidelines of the recent United Nations General Assembly.

During Sherman’s visit, views will be exchanged on all issues of mutual interest, including bilateral relations as well as the regional situation.

“We look forward to strengthening a balanced Pakistan-US relationship that is based on mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas, including security, trade, investment, energy and regional connectivity,” the FO said.

The Taliban captured nearly all major towns and cities last month in the backdrop of a US military withdrawal that began on May 1.

The capital Kabul fell to the rebels on 15 August.

The Afghan terrorist group claimed victory over opposition forces in the last holdout province of Panjshir on 6 September, completing its occupation of Afghanistan three weeks after the capture of Kabul.

The Taliban have formed a strict interim 33-member cabinet that has no women and includes UN-designated terrorists.

The Taliban last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

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