ISLAMABAD  - Newly-appointed Ambassador of the United States for Pakistan Richard Olson Wednesday called on Interior Minister Rehman Malik and discussed matters of mutual interest.

Malik extended his felicitations over US President Barack Obama’s re-election. He said Pakistan had been fighting against terrorism and needed global help to eliminate it.

He said the Pak-US relations would further strengthen in future.

Meanwhile, Richard Olson said the US would continue its policy of close relationship with Pakistan as his country wanted strong relations with Pakistan on the basis of mutual respect and interests.

Speaking to reporters at a ceremony organised to witness the US presidential election results, at the US Embassy in Islamabad, Olson said Pakistan was an important country and the US had strong interests here. He said both the countries had many shared interests and warm relations were beneficial for both of them.  Acknowledging ups and downs in bilateral relations, he said the US recognised the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in the war against terror. “Pakistan and the US are friends and we are looking forward to constructive cooperation between the two countries,” he added.

To a question about the elections in Pakistan, the ambassador said it was clearly an internal matter of Pakistan. “We, however, welcome the fact that there will be elections in the country and we look for a transition from a democratically elected government to another democratically elected government. It is an important milestone in Pakistan’s history,” he said.

Appreciating Pakistan’s efforts for peace in Afghanistan, Olson said Pakistan was instrumental to find solutions of the problems in Afghanistan and was playing a constructive role in this regard.