Pakistan seeks improved ties with Trump administration, says Tariq Fatemi

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ISLAMABAD – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi has said the incumbent Pakistani government under the leadership of prime minister Nawaz Sharif wants better relations with the upcoming Trump administration.

“America should know that Pakistan of today is a reliable, effective and serious partner of the United States in South Asia and the region beyond,” Syed Tariq Fatemi, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs said in an exclusive interview with APP in Washington.

He said the United States, one of the world’s leading powers, is historically a friend of Pakistan for the last many decades during which both the countries cooperated on some of the most critical issues.

“The Trump administration should not forget the history of the excellent relations between Pakistan and the United States that serves the cause of peace in our part of the world,” Mr. Fatemi said.

To a question on Kashmir, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister stated that the dispute is on the agenda of the United Nation’s Security Council. He said there cannot be peace and stability in the region without the resolution of this long-standing dispute. He said that the occupation forces in the held valley have unleashed a reign of terror through its brutal and suppressive tactics.

Mr. Fatemi said that the United States is a major power and the permanent member of the United Nations Security Council which has good relations with both Pakistan and India, and has a vital stake in peace in the region.

“The United States must seek to promote a relationship between India and Pakistan that is in consonance with the aspirations of the two countries and also meet the aspirations of the Kashmiri people who are struggling for their just cause of self-determination,” he added.

He expressed the confidence that the coming days and months will see a relationship between Pakistan and the United States gaining a degree of stability and improvement that will be beneficial to both the countries.

‘Today the inflation is the lowest in the country’s history and the foreign exchange reserves are record high. The impact of economic growth is visible from Karachi to Peshawar and the country is poised to achieve 5.5 percent growth in the current fiscal year’ Fatemi observed.

He said that Pakistan of today now has the credential that should be appreciated by the United States which is a historical ally and improvement of ties will benefit both the countries.

‘Pakistan’s policies have been appreciated by international organisations such as IMF, World Bank, Standard and Poor; institutions are strong and the country has gained success in countering terrorism,’ he said adding that these credentials are helping attract unprecedented investments in the country.