ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it has been trying to resolve difficult and complicated issues with the United States.
Responding to questions at the weekly news briefing here this afternoon, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Ahmad Khan said there was a desire on both sides to resolve these issues.
He said Pakistan and United States know that their relationship is important and critical for regions stability and prosperity.The spokesman said there are several issues and these are being discussed in the light of the Parliament’s recommendations.
“These issues have become complicated particularly after the Salala incident and both sides are trying to bring their relationship back on track,” said the spokesman.Replying to a question on the issue of charges for the Nato containers, Moazzam said he would not go into specifics but there are other bigger issues like drone attacks and apology on Salala incident. When his attention was drawn towards statement of the US Secretary of Defence about so-called safe-havens for terrorists, the spokesman said, “Pakistan has repeatedly maintained that it is fighting terrorism and extremism in its own national interest.”
He said Pakistan has also made it clear that it will not allow any sanctuary or safe haven of terrorists and will not allow its territory to be used against another country.
Similarly, he said, “Pakistan expects that other countries will not allow their soil to be used against Pakistan.”The spokesman answering a question about alleged delay in issuance of visas to US officials by Pakistan Embassy in Washington, said all requests for visas go through a process, which takes time, which he said is a normal practice.
He said talks between Pakistan and India on Sir Creek would take place in New Delhi on 18th and 19th of this month.He said Foreign Secretary level talks between the two countries would be held in New Delhi next month, which would be followed by talks at foreign ministerial level of the two countries in Pakistan next month.The spokesman said the leadership of both Pakistan and India have underscored the importance of resolving all issues in a result-oriented and sustained manner.