WASHINGTON - Pakistan has told the United States that it is committed to eliminating all terrorists without distinction as the military operation in North Waziristan goes forward, according to the Pakistani Embassy here.
Briefing US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns on the ongoing operation at a meeting on Tuesday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi highlighted the government’s commitment to combat terrorism and extremism in all its forms, in a comprehensive and consensus-based approach.
The two officials also discussed US-Pakistan relations, but no details were given.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani accompanied Fatemi at the meeting. Deputy Secretary Burns was assisted by Dan Feldman, Principal Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The special assistant informed Burns of Pakistan’s commitment in maintaining cordial relations with all its neighbours, including Afghanistan and India.
Deputy Secretary Burns recalled his last visit to Islamabad and fruitful meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other leaders. He appreciated Pakistan’s stabilising role in the region.
He reaffirmed the US support for the prime minister’s economic development plan with special focus on energy and fighting extremism. He also lauded the prime minister’s peace initiative with India and hoped it would help bring prosperity to the people of the two countries.
Special Assistant Fatemi thanked the United States for its continued support for Pakistan’s major energy projects, including Dasu Hydel project.