ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has made it clear to the United States that Pakistan has strong reservations over its policy of stopping the funding for purchase of F-16 aircraft. He said Pakistan still desires that the issues between the two countries should be resolved through negotiations.
The Interior Minister was talking to US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mr Richard Olson here on Thursday. US Ambassador to Pakistan Mr David Hale was also present on the occasion.
Ch. Nisar said that Pakistan wants to further widen the already existing relations with the United States but it was necessary that Pakistan’s view point and its sovereignty were duly respected.
During the meeting Pak-US bilateral relations, regional situation with particular reference to the situation in Afghanistan came under discussion.
Nisar said a stable and peaceful Afghanistan is not only in the interest of Pakistan but the entire region. He emphasised that only solution to the Afghan problem was negotiations.
On this occasion, Richard Olson said that the United States appreciate the efforts by Pakistan for lasting peace in Afghanistan. He said despite certain problems and difficulties the US government gives special importance to its relationship with Pakistan and wanted to further widen it.
Both the leaders agreed to work for advancing the reconciliation process for peace in the region.