US wishes to work with new Pak govt in realising reforms agenda, Pompeo tells Qureshi

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday night met with the United States’ top civilian and military brass, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, to discuss bilateral ties and regional situation.

In his 20-minute meeting with the secretary of state, the two discussed bilateral issues and matters pertaining to regional security.

According to a statement issued by a spokesperson for the Pakistani Foreign Office, Qureshi stressed to Pompeo that “peace in South Asia, which was a common goal of both the United States and Pakistan, would remain elusive until all disputes, including the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir, are resolved”.

The Pakistani foreign minister called on the US state secretary here at the Department of State office, in what became his third meeting with his American counterpart this month, after the latter invited him to visit Washington during his visit to Islamabad last month.

Close engagement between the two countries, he added, had always been mutually beneficial and a factor for stability in South Asia. “Going forward, a broad-based and structured framework for dialogue would best serve the two countries’ shared interests,” he said in the statement.