Islamabad: Pakistan wants to have an enduring partnership with the United States and the relationship should go beyond cooperation on terrorism, stated by the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani when the US Senator Mr. John McCain called on him at Prime Minister’s House this afternoon.
The Prime Minister said that he would welcome the visit by the US Secretary of State Mrs. Hilary Clinton. We look forward to a deeper level of engagement with the US in all areas of our bilateral relations including energy, social sector and economic cooperation, the Prime Minister said. He also appreciated Senator John McCain’s continued support to Pakistan in the US Congress.
Senator McCain who is a Ranking Member of US Senate Armed Services Committee, acknowledged that relations between US and Pakistan had seen difficult times in the past. US considers Pakistan as an important country. It is not in the US national interest to abandon Pakistan once again. He assured the Prime Minister of the United States’ continued support to the people of Pakistan in their endeavour to secure a stable and prosperous future.
The US Ambassador in Pakistan Mr. Cameron Munter, Minister for Interior, Mr. Rehman Malik, Senator, Syeda Sughra Imam and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.
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