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Pakistan for continued engagement with NATO: Kasuri

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 14, IRNA
Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri said on Wednesday that Pakistan looked forward to a continued and constructive engagement with NATO.

He was talking to an eight-member delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly headed by Mr. Karl A. Lamers, Vice President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Chairman of its Political Committee, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

Kasuri welcomed the two-way exchanges of delegations which would help promote mutual understanding.

Both sides expressed satisfaction over the progress made towards early finalization of the Transit Agreement between Pakistan and NATO and the commencement of NATO-Pakistan political dialogue.

The Foreign Minister appreciated the ongoing cooperation between Pakistan and NATO in the context of Afghanistan.

He stressed that Pakistan and NATO shared common objectives of ensuring peace at the regional as well as global level.

Both had common perceptions on peace and stability in the region.

The Foreign Minister apprised the delegation of Pakistan's commitment to continue the fight against terrorism and the various measures Pakistan had taken in this regard including the deployment of 80,000 troops along its border.

Foreign Minister Kasuri briefed the delegation on the Composite Dialogue Process with India, and other issues of regional importance including Iran and Iraq.

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly delegation deeply appreciated Pakistan's role in the fight against terrorism and its efforts in rooting out extremism from its society.


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