Tehmina Janjua says maintaining relations equally important to both US, Pakistan | Pakistan
WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Temina Janjua on Wednesday said that maintaining relations with Pakistan is as important for The United States, as well as the ties of Islamabad with its Western ally.
In an exclusive interview with Geo News, Janjua stressed the importance of strategic and diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The United States wants to continue negotiations with Pakistan, the Foreign Minister said, on a decisive visit to Washington as part of the efforts of both states to work together.
Earlier in the day, Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells said: "I think we are at the beginning of the process with the government of Pakistan.
"We have a series of exchanges at a high level, tomorrow Minister of Foreign Affairs Janjua will be in Washington tomorrow for meetings … There will be a very intensive dialogue through our Militar and our civilian channels to discuss how we can work together .
"We, of course, do not leave Pakistan," she stressed.
When asked whether Washington had noticed any improvement in Pakistan's behavior in terms of terrorism and militancy, Wells said that the US "has not yet seen decisive and permanent changes"
"But of course , we continue to cooperate with Pakistan over areas where we think they can play a useful role in changing the Taliban's calculation, "she said.
On Monday, the Pentagon claimed that Islamabad has "the opportunity to do more."
"Well, with respect to Pakistan, we believe that Pakistan can do more to combat terrorism," said a spokesman for Pentagon spokesman Dana White.
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