WASHINGTON- Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization met Mr.William J. Burns , US Deputy Secretary of State in Washington at the State Department today.

Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani, accompanied the Finance Minister while Deputy Secretary Burns was assisted by Ambassador James Dobbins, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan during the meeting. Minister Dar is visiting Washington to lead the Pakistan delegation for the meeting of Pakistan-US Working Group on Economy and Finance and spring meetings of the Bretton Wood Institution (BWI).

During the meeting Deputy Secretary Burns commended the efforts of the Government of Pakistan to bring stability and growth in the economy. He particularly appreciated Pakistan’s entry into the international bond market and described it as a welcome sign demonstrating the growing confidence of the international community in the revival and resurgence of Pakistan’s economy. 

Deputy Secretary Burns also appreciated the positive role and contributions made by Pakistan in facilitating a peaceful and smooth transition in Afghanistan. Both sides recognized that the recently held Afghan elections would pave the way for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political transition.

The Finance Minister stressed the need for a strong and lasting economic relationship between Pakistan and the US. He also expressed satisfaction over the improved coordination and cooperation between the two countries. This he said, had great scope for further growth and expansion particularly in the areas of trade and investment. He thanked the US for the continued economic assistance and support that had played an important role in helping Pakistan in realizing its economic goals and priorities.