ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that removal of Pakistan from the list of countries whose nationals have been designated for special screening at the US airports and repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan on immediate basis would help remove the existing trust-deficit between Pakistan and US, besides improving the Americas image in Pakistan. The PM was talking to a five-member US Congressional delegation, headed by Mr. Stephen Lynch, which called on him at the PM House, on Friday evening. The other members of the delegation included Bob Inglis, Todd Platts, Betty Sutton and Joo Donnelly. The Prime Minister said that in order to develop a long-term strategic partnership, both countries would have to look beyond the war against terrorism. Pakistan, he added, cannot remain stuck to financial assistance alone but wants trade opportunities and market access for its products in the US market. The economic development of Pakistan and prosperity of our people is essential to eradicate poverty and illiteracy, which are the root causes of extremist tendencies. The PM expressed his profound concerns over the inordinate delay in reimbursement of the outstanding amount on account of CSF to Pakistan, which by December 2009 had crossed the limit of US $2 billion. He said this delay in receipt of payments from the US was impairing Pakistans conventional capabilities in its campaign against terrorism. Though Pakistan had persisted in its war efforts by using its own meagre resources, the non-disbursement of the pledged assistance would be to the detriment of world interests at large. If the terrorist threat could not be quelled with full force, he said, the purpose of entire campaign would be at stake. The Prime Minister emphasised that the amount committed by the US to Pakistan, under Kerry-Lugar Bill must be channelised through Government of Pakistan in accordance with Pakistani priorities and programmes. His government would ensure the transparency, accountability and efficacy in terms of results, as per the criteria laid down in the Kerry-Lugar Bill. Referring to the issue of cross-border movement of Afghan nationals, the PM reiterated that Afghan refugees camps needed to be shifted to Afghanistan. The world has to be reminded, he said, that over 3.5 million Afghan refugees have been living in the camps on Pakistani soil for the last 30 years and are a constant source of concern from security point of view, besides being a burden on Pakistans economy. The members of US Congressional delegation were unanimous in acknowledging the great sacrifices rendered by Pakistans Army, Police, Frontier Corp/Constabulary and other Law Enforcement Agencies personnel in the war against terror. While applauding the remarkable success achieved by Pakistan in Malakand and Waziristan, the delegation agreed with the PM on Pakistans requirement of immediate assistance to build the capacity of its law enforcement agencies and implement its reconstruction plan for the affected areas. They conveyed their condolences to the bereaved families and pledged their support for early passage of ROZ Bill from the Congress to help Pakistan address the poverty and unemployment problems in FATA region. The delegation also promised its complete support towards the resolution of CSF reimbursement and economic assistance issues with Pakistan and assured the PM that the US will persist in its policy of maintaining the long-term strategic partnership with Pakistan. The meeting was also attended by Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Senator Syed Sughra Imam, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Finance Secretary Salman Siddique.