ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is looking forward for a relationship with the United States based on mutual respect and mutual interest as no inter-states relationship can be built without first mutually agreeing on its fundamentals.  “We are looking forward to re-engaging with the US on issues of mutual interest and importance,” Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said on Thursday at the weekly media briefing.

Basit, speaking about the PCNS recommendations, said: “We’ll lead to a positive outcome for both sides (Pakistan and the US). He further said that Pakistan’s desire was to have a more stable relationship that was not accident prone.

Basit said Islamabad and Washington were engaged at the diplomatic level and talking to each other adding that Pakistan wanted a relationship with the US that was free from the ups and downs of a rollercoaster.

He said Ambassador Sherry Rehman presented her credentials to President Obama on Wednesday and they discussed the state of Pak-US relations.

Basit said the parliamentary process, which was currently underway to finalise the terms of engagement, would lead to a positive outcome for both the countries.  When asked about his comments on Washington Post report regarding details of telephonic discussion between the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, he described contents of the report as off the mark adding, there was a telephonic conversation some time back and the two foreign ministers discussed the state of bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest. Answering a question about the visit of US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman, spokesman said Pakistan wanted the visit to be productive and result-oriented.

"It is, therefore, important that he should visit Pakistan after we complete our homework," he added.  Commenting on Pakistan's latest stance on phrase Af-Pak, he said Pakistan had always been expressing its strong reservations apropos that term and there was no change in its stance.

When his attention was drawn towards statement of a Norwegian spy chief that Norway was maintaining an intelligence network in Pakistan which was unofficial and not based on some mutual cooperation with country’s intelligence, Basit said Pakistan was in touch with the Norwegian government and was seeking details on the issue.

On restoration of Nato supplies, he said, “Not yet”, adding he was not aware of any such development.

On visa to Mansoor Ijaz, he said no Pakistani mission abroad had so far received Pakistani-American businessman’s passport for visa.

When asked for his comments on Pakistan's position viz a viz growing state of tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia regarding the Strait of Hormuz, Basit said Pakistan had always been emphasizing the importance of resolving all issues through dialogue in a peaceful manner.

"We also agree with Russia that restraint should be shown and all issues should be resolved peacefully," he added.