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Pakistan, US spur efforts to expand mutual co-op

ISLAMABAD – The USA and Pakistan have stepped up diplomatic efforts to
find common grounds to enhance mutually beneficial cooperation ahead of
the crucial visit of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to the
United States next month.
According to
diplomatic sources, the US and Pakistan have deepened diplomatic
engagements to find common grounds to revitalize their bilateral
relations to prevent recurrence of incidents such as US unilateral raid
on the OBL compound in Abbottabad and arrest of CIA contractor Raymond
Davis.
In this connection, the US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday called Minister for
Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and exchanged views on bilateral
relations and meaningful regional cooperation.
A
Foreign Office statement said that during the tele-conversation, the
two leaders had a constructive exchange of views on carrying forward the
trajectory of bilateral relations.
They
reiterated the importance of US-Pakistan relations and agreed to work
closely to enhance mutually beneficial regional cooperation.
These
developments have taken place in the wake of hectic diplomatic
engagements of the US Ambassador Cameron Munter who had held an
important meeting with Hina Rabbani Wednesday last and discussed
bilateral relations.
Both the sides had
agreed on the need for greater engagement to strengthen the Pakistan-US
cooperation in various fields and for enhanced convergence on regional
issues in line with the importance of Pak-US strategic relationship
based on mutual respect and mutual interests.
Earlier,
US Ambassador Munter met with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez
Kiyani on August 10 and exchanged views on bilateral relations and
future cooperation.
The US government has
been demanding lifting of curbs on movements of its diplomatic staff in
Pakistan. However, Pakistani authorities believed that these were
essential for the national security of the country.
The
Pakistani government is seeking to evolve new rules of engagements with
the United States to prevent reoccurrence of two major incidents that
had not only breached sovereignty of the country but also breached trust
between Pakistan and the United States.

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