ISLAMABAD - US Ambassador David Hale called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar here on Tuesday. Dr Anish Goel, Professional Staff Member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, accompanied him.
Ambassador Hale discussed with the finance minister the possibility of early holding of meeting of Pak-US Working Group on Economy and Finance and agreed that the recent visit to the US by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave tremendous boost to Pak-US cooperation. On his part, Dr Goel discussed the current state of Pak-US economic relations and said there was complete unanimity of views in the US on enhancing economic cooperation and establishing strong relationship with Pakistan. Dr Goel said Pakistan’s achievements were appreciated in the US and added that Pak-US cooperation would further grow in future.
Finance minister shared the details of economic achievements of the government in the last two and half years through a series of reforms. He also briefed the visitor about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. He said 22 top level international institutions had acknowledged the economic turnaround Pakistan had achieved and added that Pakistan, after gaining economic stability, was now firmly set on the path of economic growth.
The finance minister also apprised the delegation about the impact of ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb and added that Pakistan was now also simultaneously focusing on efforts for rehabilitation of the temporarily displaced persons.
The minister said Pakistan had suffered over $100 billion economic losses in the war on terror. He said that Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terror were not fully appreciated.