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Pakistan, US stress need to rebuild trust: Asif

December 5, 2017 3:25 AM
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Pakistan, US stress need to rebuild trust: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Monday said the United States wants permanent and long term relationship with Pakistan to resolve issues.

Talking to Geo News Programme 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath', Asif said that the meetings with US Secretary of Defence James Mattis were held in good atmosphere, and effective discussions were also made on various issues including Pakistan-Afghanistan border management.

He further said that the US had acknowledged the role and sacrifices of Pakistan given in war on terror.

Asif quoted Secretary Mattis as saying; "We are aware of the human cost Pakistan has paid in this war on terror."

Pakistan told US that it did not need any financial assistance, he added.

He said the US defence secretary was told that Pakistan's fight against terrorism was greatly hindered by non-provision of F-16 fighter jets by the United States.

Pakistan also apprised US Secretary of Defence James Mattis that 125 attacks in Pakistan were carried out from Afghanistan. He added that the civil-military leadership stressed on effective border management with Afghanistan and repatriation of Afghan refugees.

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