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Stable Afghanistan to benefit us, region, Nisar tells Olson

By our correspondents
May 20, 2016

ISLAMABAD: US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Olson called on Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday and discussed the overall security situation of the region, especially with reference to Afghanistan.

Talking to Richard Olson, the minister said: “A stable and peaceful Afghanistan is not only in favour of Pakistan, but also the entire region. The only solution to Afghanistan issue is dialogue.”

“We have reservations about stopping of funding by the US to Pakistan for F-16 planes. In spite of this, all issues between Pakistan and US can be resolved through dialogue,” he said.

The minister said Pakistan wanted to further expand its ties with the US but for this its point of view and sovereignty be considered at all levels.Richard Olson said: “The US appreciates efforts and role of Pakistan for durable peace in Afghanistan”.

He said in spite of some issues, the US government gave importance to its relations with Pakistan and wanted to further expand the existing ties.US ambassador in Pakistan David Hale was also present in the meeting.