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Pak tells U.S. it's not 'part of problem in Afghanistan'

Washington, Thu, 20 Sep 2012 ANI

Washington, Sept. 20 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the notion that Pakistan is part of the problem in Afghanistan is wrong, and needs to be corrected.

Khar said this during a meeting with members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, including the Chairperson Senator Dianne Feinstein, Vice Chairman Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Burr, Senator Risch and others, at the Capitol Hill.

Khar was accompanied by Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S., Sherry Rehman.

"Pakistan attached great importance to its relationship with the US and the people of Pakistan wanted their contributions and sacrifices in fighting terrorism recognised and appreciated," The Express Tribune quoted Khar, as saying in a statement released by the Pakistan Embassy.

The press release described the meeting as a "candid exchange of views" with the Senators.

Khar said it was important that Pakistan's priorities, concerns and constraints were better understood by the US. She said her reason behind visiting Washington was to have in-depth discussions on how best to deal with the challenges in the bilateral relationship and to build on the recent positive momentum in strengthening the special relationship between Pakistan and the U.S.

Commenting on Afghanistan, Khar said Pakistan wanted to have a genuine dialogue on the country with the U.S., and highlighted their commitment to use the "trilateral mechanism" to promote an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

"Instability in Afghanistan threatens Pakistan more than any other nation on earth," Khar said.

She reiterated that a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan is central to Pakistan's short and long-term interests. (ANI)

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