LAHORE - US Consul General in Lahore Colleen Crenwelge called on Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar and discussed matters of mutual interest besides strengthening Pak-US relations during a meeting at the Governor’s House on Tuesday.

The US diplomat, during her maiden meeting, also felicitated Ch Muhammad Sarwar on his elevation as Punjab Governor for the second time and conveyed her best wishes.

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar that Pakistan had rendered invaluable sacrifices in a long war against terror, adding that Pakistan fought this war for the lasting world peace and not for its own sake. He regretted the fact that country’s valuable services in the war against terror were not given due recognition by the world community. Sarwar said the terrorist did not belong to any religion rather they were enemies of humanity, adding that the armed forces and the law enforcement agencies had annihilated the terrorist hideouts in the country.  He said Pakistan was desirous of friendly ties with neighbouring countries like India, China, Iran and Afghanistan, stressing that peace in Afghanistan was vital for regional peace. He said people of India and Pakistan wanted better relations between the two neighbours. US Consul General Colleen Crenwelge said the ties between United Stated of America and Pakistan were decades old and the US wanted to further strengthen these bilateral relations. She said the US wished Pakistan to be a stable democratic country, adding that the American government was extending its fullest cooperation in various health, clean drinking water and education projects in Pakistan through the USAID.

Ms Colleen hailed Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) government’s initiative to open the Governor Houses for the public in Pakistan.