UNITED NATIONS: US Vice President Joe Biden on Friday said Washington has a great interest in Pakistan’s success while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif underscored improved bilateral relations as the two leaders discussed wide range cooperation at a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.
The United States has a great interest in Pakistan’s success, Biden said while welcoming Prime Minister Sharif as the democratic leader of Pakistan.
The US vice president said: “We have enormous mutual interest.” “We are both striving together to combat terrorism, to provide for prosperity for our people expand trade opportunities, access to education and there is a great deal our countries can do together bilaterally, internationally and regionally,” Biden added.
Biden also had warm words for success of the Pakistani leader. “Your success as democratically elected leader of the country of such consequence is very very important.”
The US vice president said earlier in the day PM Sharif and he co chaired a summit on UN peacekeeping missions. “We have made real progress,” Biden said praising Pakistan’s leadership in peacekeeping missions and other global issues.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stressed the commonality of interests and said the two countries had a lot of wide ranging subjects to discuss.
He also recalled his visit to the White House where he had talks with President Barack Obama and said the relationship between the two countries has improved further.
The Prime Minister appreciated US contribution to Pakistan’s economic development. Making a specific note of US support in the energy sector, the Prime Minister underscored the need for further deepening of bilateral cooperation in this critical area.
The Prime Minister and Vice President Biden agreed that terrorism was a common threat to Pakistan and the United States. The Prime Minister reviewed notable successes achieved by Pakistan security forces recently in degrading terrorist networks and said that Pakistan’s resolve to defeat terrorism on its soil remains unwavering. The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen bilateral security partnership viewing it as a factor of regional stability.
During the exchanges on the regional situation the Prime Minister’s initiatives, to have good neighbourly relations with all its neighbours, were appreciated by the US Vice President.
Both leaders noted that peace, security and stability in the region were a shared objective and a robust Pakistan-US partnership was critical in achieving these goals.
Both sides recognized the constructive role of Pakistan-US strategic dialogue in strengthening bilateral partnership in a broad range of areas including energy, finance and economy and defence. The two leaders expressed satisfaction that second round of meetings of Working Groups under the rubric of strategic dialogue are scheduled to start in near future.
The Prime Minister was assisted by. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Aizaz Chaudhry, Foreign Secretary and Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani.
Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mr. Dan Feldman and other senior US officials accompanied the Vice President.