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The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi was received by the leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the Capitol Hill this afternoon. Chairman Senator Bob Corker and Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin, together with their senior staffers, welcomed the SAPM along with Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani.

The Special Assistant conveyed the good wishes of the Prime Minister to the leadership of the Senate and thanked the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for its support and assistance to Pakistan. He briefed the Senators on how Pakistan had turned the page by focusing on improving economy and security in the country during the last three years. The SAPM also appreciated the role of the US Congress in authorizing the critical counter-terrorism assistance that helped Pakistan in eradicating the terrorist networks operating from FATA and promoting peace and stability in the region.

Highlighting the massive human rights violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir as well as the continued tension across the Line of Control, the SAPM briefed the Senators on the increasing negative implications for prospects of peace in South Asia because of Indian hostility and belligerence.

The leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee acknowledged Pakistan’s role in promoting peace and security in the region and expressed the US desire to strengthen bilateral ties with Pakistan, which was a longstanding and important partner of the United States.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee overseas the US foreign policy priorities across the globe and also authorizes the US economic and humanitarian assistance for partner countries.

9 December 2016

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