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Kerry believes AfPak ties will reach zenith

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, has said that there has been huge improvement cooperation between Kabul and Islamabad, and he believes that the relation would reach improve further.

Praising the efforts of Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Rahil Sharif in cementing ties between the two countries, Kerry said:  “In the transition taking place in Afghanistan, we are witnessing an unprecedented level of effort to try to produce cooperation. And thus far, there are some signs of real results with respect to that.”

He told reporters in a joint media appearance with the Pak Interior Minister Nishar Ali Khan that the two Pakistani leaders are committed to going after terrorists, all forms of extremism in Pakistan.  “We are grateful for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s commitment to this, for General Raheel’s efforts.  They have been real. And they are making good on that in their initiatives in the western part of the country and elsewhere, and in their cooperation on counterterrorism. They are committed to the evolution of their own democracy, to the strengthening of it, and to trying to be a partner in the region for peace and stability of the region,” he said.

After the meeting, Kerry said, “we have a lot of challenges. A lot has happened in the last year’s that has emboldened some of the extremists. It’s something that Pakistan is deeply concerned about. We have had long conversations about it. I look forward to continuing the cooperative effort on the economy as well as the cooperative effort in counterterrorism and democracy building.”

Nisar said there are a number of positive developments which have taken place over the past few weeks and over the past few months which point to a very positive outlook for US-Pakistan relationship and for their joint fight against extremism.

“Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have never been better, and that is a very, very positive development. I think Afghanistan and Pakistan working in close hands and in close cooperation, it will do wonders for the cooperation in the field of counterterrorism,” Pakistan’s interior minister said.

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