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Senator John McCain, former Presidential nominee and current chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee called on the Prime Minister at the Blair House. Prime Minister was joined by Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaz Aziz, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani.

Prime Minister thanked Senator McCain for his leadership and supportive role in the US Congress in approving the critical counter-terrorism assistance to Pakistan which helped the Pakistani security forces to achieve important gains in the fight against terrorism. Prime Minister underlined that continued US support to Pakistan’s efforts in reversing the tide of extremism and militancy was important for advancing the shared goals of peace and stability in the region.

Sharing his vision of a peaceful neighborhood, Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to work with the Afghan government in enhancing coordination in all areas of mutual interest including defeating terrorism and supporting the Afghan led reconciliation process. In this context, Prime Minister welcomed the recent decision by the US administration to retain the US troops in Afghanistan through 2017 which would help bring stability to the region. Elaborating his resolve to seek normalization with India, Prime Minister shared with the Senator his peace initiative to resume dialogue on the basis of honour, dignity and reciprocity.

Noting the sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation in the fight against terrorism, Senator McCain acknowledged that operation Zarb-e-Azb had contributed in degrading the terrorist networks operating from the border region. He emphasized that Pakistan and the United States need to work with the Afghan government to deal with the existing and emerging threats in region especially the possible expansion of ISIL. Senator McCain assured the Prime Minister of the continued support by his Committee in providing necessary counter-terrorism assistance to Pakistan.

Washington, DC
October 22, 2015

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