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(2017-04-06) A delegation led by Mr. Stephen Hadley, Chairman, Board of Directors of United States Institute of Peace (USIP) paid a courtesy call on Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs on 6th April 2017. Following the call, the delegation was hosted to a lunch by Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs.

In welcoming the visiting delegation to Islamabad both the Adviser and the SAPM acknowledged the important contributions made by USIP over the years in providing a platform for exchange of ideas and dialogue between Pakistan and United States. During the interactions, the delegation was briefed on the evolving peace and security scenario in the region and the efforts being made by Pakistan in reaching out to its neighbours for promoting peace, prosperity and development in the region in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of a peaceful neighbourhood.

In reaffirming Pakistan’s keenness to strengthen bilateral ties with the US and to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, the importance of continued close cooperation between the US and Pakistan for promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan was also underscored during the meetings.

Chairman Hadley was also apprised of the steps being taken by the Government to strengthen democracy, establish peace, security, and economic growth to pave the way for broad based and sustained socio-economic development in Pakistan.

Mr. Hadley was assisted by Mr. William B. Taylor, Executive Vice President, Mr. Andrew Wilder, Vice President, Asia Programs, and Mr. Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President, Asia Center during the meetings.

06 April 2017

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