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Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
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Sartaj Aziz meets US Senate delegation

Sartaj Aziz meets US Senate delegation

The source said that the United States delegation urged Pakistan to help revive the peace process as the USA review had entered in a crucial situation.

The U.S. delegation has arrived in Islamabad at a time when relations between Pakistan and the Trump administration are under pressure.

Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz met on Sunday a five-member delegation of U.S. senators led by Senator John McCain here.

A group of key American lawmakers led by Senator John McCain visited Pakistan Sunday where they met top government and military officials to discuss bilateral ties, counterterrorism cooperation, and efforts to promote peace and security in Afghanistan.

Pakistan angrily reacted to the US decision to include a Kashmiri leader Syed Salahuddin in the list of foreign terrorists.

McCain, thanking Aziz on behalf of the delegation that included senators Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Whitehouse, Elizabeth Warren and David Perdue "appreciated the contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism", the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.

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It said Aziz briefed the delegation on Pakistani security forces' success against terrorism and informed them "that the terrorist networks have been dismantled and their sanctuaries eliminated".

The two sides agreed on the importance of security cooperation and coordination between Pakistan and Afghanistan, said a military statement late Sunday. Adviser noted that QCG process remains a credible and effective vehicle to facilitate reconciliation and restore peace, stability and economic prosperity in Afghanistan.

Pakistan looked forward to constructive engagement with the United States on all efforts and initiatives that would lead to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. An official handout said that welcoming the USA senators, the adviser reiterated the importance of regular high-level contacts and particularly appreciated McCain, Graham and Whitehouse for their continued engagement and regular visits to Pakistan to promote understanding and cooperation. The advisor made it clear that Pakistan wanted all issues with India to be resolved through talks including the Kashmir issue.

Pakistan and the USA strategic partnership was critical to achieve peace and stability in the region and beyond, the official quoted the adviser as saying.

Speaking to media, Aziz said "Pakistan would intensify campaign to highlight Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir to draw the attention of the world towards the gravity of the issue".

The advisor said Islamabad firmly believes in the legitimacy of the Kashmir cause and supports the peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination, the radio reported.

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