ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday reiterated its desire to build a constructive and trust-based relationshipwith Afghanistan. This was stated by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs (SAPM), Syed Tariq Fatemi, while talking to the US Acting Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Laurel Miller at his office.

The special assistant highlighted the Prime Minister’s policy of peaceful neighbourhood and non-interference in the region, and reiterated Pakistan’s desire to build a constructive and trust-based relationship with Afghanistan.

He stressed that peace in Afghanistan was vital for the peace and stability of the entire region, and highlighted Pakistan’s contribution towards facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process. Fatimi also outlined the progress achieved by Pakistan against all terrorist groups, as a result of the Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Miller appreciated Pakistan’s role in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan, in line with its policy for a peaceful neighbourhood.

She also acknowledged the huge sacrifices made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and welcomed its resolute and concerted efforts against this common threat.

Other issues of bilateral and regional importance were also discussed during the meeting, which was held in a warm and cordial atmosphere.