PM Thanked for his Efforts in Curbing Al-Qaeda and Terrorism Through Zarb-e-Azb
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for Pakistan’s regional efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, especially in bringing to justice al-Qaeda leadership and disrupting terrorist plots, said the spokesman for US Department of State John Kirby.
He said during the meeting Secretary Kerry recognized Pakistan’s efforts and sacrifices in targeting extremists in Zarb-e-Azb and other operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and the two leaders discussed the need for additional efforts to target all terrorists in its territory.
The Secretary and the prime minister highlighted the multidimensional nature of the United States-Pakistan partnership and its importance for regional stability and security.
“They discussed the recent announcement to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016, noting that an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process is the surest way to end violence and ensure lasting stability in Afghanistan and in the region,” John Kirby said.
The Secretary thanked Prime Minister Sharif for Pakistan’s continued facilitation of reconciliation discussions between the democratically elected Afghan Government and members of the Taliban.
Both leaders agreed to build on the ongoing U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue to advance progress in these and other areas.
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