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Ambassador James F. Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), called on Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, today. During the meeting, the two sides discussed Pakistan-U.S. bilateral relations and regional issues of common interest. Foreign Secretary Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani was also present. Mr. Dobbins was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador RichardOlson.

In the context of Afghanistan, developments relating to the Afghan peace and reconciliation process and matters pertaining to 2014 and beyond were discussed. The importance of accelerated progress in the Afghan reconciliation process was emphasized.

The Adviser also raised with Ambassador Dobbins the issue of drone attacks underscoring their counter-productive effect and reiterated the call to the U.S. to review its policy which has a negative impact on the Government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region.

As regards Pakistan-U.S. relations, the Adviser underlined the need for early convening of U.S.-Pakistan Working Groups on Law Enforcement and Counter Terrorism and Economy and Finance before the next round of Ministerial-level Strategic Dialogue expected in March 2014.

3 December 2013

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