Sartaj Aziz meets US Senate delegation

Pakistan plays significant role in peace, stability in Afghanistan: McCain

After the meeting, Mr McCain, Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee, while talking to the state-run PTV said that Pakistan had a significant role for establishment of peace and stability in Afghanistan.

A high-level US Senate delegation met Pakistan's top foreign affairs official and powerful military chief in Islamabad to discuss regional security as Washington gears up to send more troops to neighboring Afghanistan. Other members of the delegation, which arrived Sunday and is due to leave Monday, included Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator David Perdue and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

Aziz also said that Pakistan was ready to strengthen and deepen its partnership with the U.S to counter emerging terrorism threats including the expanding footprint of Daesh in the region. "Peace and stability in Afghanistan is not possible without Pakistan's help".

Aziz stressed Pakistan's belief in Kashmir's right to self-determination in the meeting with the USA senators, the foreign ministry statement said.

Pakistan angrily reacted to the US decision to include a Kashmiri leader Syed Salahuddin in the list of foreign terrorists.

He also highlighted the economic turnaround that manifested in enhanced investor interest and confidence in Pakistan.

Aziz also raised concern over the inhumane activities of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

The senators appreciated the contribution and sacrifices made by Pakistan and the successes achieved in the fight against terrorism.

Earlier, after the United States declared Hizbul Mujahideen militant Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist, Pakistan has said it would continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiri separatists for what it called their struggle for their right to self-determination and for the peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per the UN Security Council resolutions. "The dividend of these policies is empirically verifiable", he added.

"Pakistan look forward to constructive engagement with the United States on all efforts and initiatives that would lead to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan", he said.

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