ISLAMABAD: A US Congressional delegation headed by Representative Todd Platts on Tuesday called on President Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Pak-US bilateral relations, war against militants and regional situation was discussed during the meeting.
President Zardari reiterated his call for the two sides to work closely for bridging the trust deficit, cooperating with each other on clearly defined parameters on the basis of mutual interest and respect. He said that Pakistan was committed to having a strong, sustainable and enduring relationship with the US that is based on the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty, trust and mutual understanding and cooperation. He emphasized that drone attacks were counterproductive and undermined the cooperative equation of the two countries.
President also expressed hope that the US side would show greater understanding of the sentiments of the people of Pakistan who were greatly hurt by the incident of Slalah check-post. Discussing regional situation, President reiterated that a genuine reconciliation process in Afghanistan which is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned was the only viable solution to the Afghan conflict and all efforts should be focused on promoting an Afghan reconciliation process.
Representative Todd Platts said that US wanted to re-engage Pakistan and help the people in all possible manners. The delegation included Representative Stephen Lynch, Rep. Glenn Thompson, Rep. Tom Marino, Rep John Fleming, and Rep. Jack Kingston. US Ambassador Cameron P Munter and other US officials were present.