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Regional stability, situation in Iran, Afghanistan tops the talks between Qureshi and Pompeo

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has stressed on Islamabad’s commitment toward “security and stability” in South Asia as he met U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington and held wide-ranging talks on bilateral issues, the situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Mr. Qureshi called on Mr. Pompeo on January 17 during his two-day visit to the U.S. He is scheduled to meet U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. On January 16, he met lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol.

“In my meeting today with U.S. Secretary of State @SecPompeo, discussed engagement between Pakistan and U.S., its mutual benefit, along with it being a factor for stability in South Asia. Exchanged how stronger trade & investment is imp for an enduring partnership,” Mr. Qureshi said in a tweet after the meeting.

Mr. Qureshi also expressed his “deep concerns” over the situation in Kashmir and said that “peace in South Asia is elusive until this is resolved in accordance with U.N. resolutions & wishes of Kashmiris.”

Mr. Qureshi, while addressing the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think-tank in Washington on January 16, reiterated Pakistan’s demand that U.S. President Donald Trump should mediate to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Ties between India and Pakistan came under severe strain after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories on August 5, evoking strong reactions from Islamabad.

Pakistan has been trying to rally international support against India on the issue. However, India has maintained that the move was “entirely an internal matter”.

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