LAHORE - US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson has said that operation against militants or holding peace negotiations with them is an eternal matter of Pakistan and the US has no position in this regard.

Talking to media after addressing the participants at Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) at Alhamra Arts Centre on Sunday, the American ambassador accepted terror war had a bad impact on historical structures in the region especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said a number of projects were underway for conservation of cultural heritage. In this regard, three different projects are also going on in Lahore including Masjid Wazir Khan, he added. Olson said Lahore was very important city of South Asia and the world also due to its cultural significance. That is why, he said, they had supported LLF.

Meanwhile, during a meeting with Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, he said his country highly valued Pakistan’s role in war on terror and it would continue support it efforts to curb the menace of terrorism and extend assistance for development projects. Issues relating to Pak-US relations, war against terrorism, security situation of the region and other important matters of bilateral interest came under discussion during the meeting.

Oslon on the occasion said Pakistan had sacrificed more than any other country across the globe in war on terror and his country had respect for Pakistan for its role in tackling terrorism. The US ambassador said that his country would further enhance cooperation for development of different sectors especially to help Pakistan in getting rid of energy crisis and other projects of public welfare.