US commitment for resolution of Kashmir dispute to be discussed at Nawaz,Obama talks

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that he would remind President Obama of the US commitment, to play active role for the resolution of Kashmir dispute.In an interview with sources at his residence before departure for three day official visit to the United States at the invitation of President Obama, Nawaz Sharif said he is certain that the US would play its role for maintaining a strategic balance between Pakistan and India, for peace and stability in South Asia.During the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in July, 1999, President Clinton had accepted that as long as Kashmir dispute is not resolved, the clouds of war will continue to hover on the region. The Washington Declaration issued after their talks, very clearly stated that all the disputes between India and Pakistan would be resolved though dialogue.

Throwing light on the importance of his visit to the United States, Nawaz Sharif expressed his desire for enhancing trade, investment and military cooperation with Washington. He said Pakistan wanted trade and not aid from the United States and access of its products to the American markets. He said this would benefit our industry and create job opportunities.Nawaz Sharif said trust between Pakistan and United States has increased and it was a good omen that Pakistani action against terrorism is being appreciated in America.The Prime Minister said Pakistan desires peace in Afghanistan and is playing constructive role for political stability there. He said Pakistan and the United States are in unison for advancing the peace process in Afghanistan and stability of President Ashraf Ghani’s government. He emphasized that an end to violence in Afghanistan would have positive impact on the entire region. He said the need is to overcome the hurdles in the resumption of dialogue process.He categorically stated that Pakistan would not allow its territory to be used against any country and emphasized that Pakistan and Afghanistan should discuss the issues bilaterally instead of through media.

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