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Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate, accompanied by the US Ambassador, Richard Olson, called on Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs today at the Foreign Office.

Both sides discussed matters of mutual interest pertaining to bilateral relations and regional issues including the situation in Afghanistan.

The Adviser expressed satisfaction at the current trajectory of relationship between Pakistan and the US and hoped that bilateral relations would be further strengthened and deepened on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect. The Adviser underscored the need for greater market access for Pakistani goods in the US market and increase in US investments in Pakistan, especially in the energy sector including construction of large hydro power projects. He emphasized that it should be the joint endeavor of both sides to double bilateral trade in the next few years.

Senator Corker expressed appreciation for the comprehensive briefing given by the Adviser and assured him that US Congress would continue to support democracy in Pakistan. He remarked that Pakistan had huge potential for economic resurgence. The Senator reassured that the US Congress would continue to support Pakistan in its three priority areas of energy, economy and trade.

06 July 2013

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