Kerry praises Pakistan's economic reforms

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praises reforms, ministerial-level dialogue resumes after 3-year pause.

Kerry praises Pakistan's economic reforms
World Bulletin / News Desk 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday hailed the Pakistani government’s economic reforms, saying the country has the potential to become an economic tiger.
Officials from the two countries met in Washington for their “strategic dialog” for the first time since October 2010.

Kerry praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s economic reforms, which are being made as part of a $6.7 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund.

Kerry and Sartaj Aziz, national security adviser to Sharif, reaffirmed their commitment to expanding trade and business links, welcoming the coming formal US-Pakistan trade talks in March 2014 in Washington.

Praising Pakistan’s efforts to fight terrorism, Kerry said Pakistan's support is vital for creating a secure Afghanistan.

“Pakistan’s own security is closely associated with the success of Afghanistan,” Kerry said.

Aziz said Pakistan wants to turn the bilateral relationship between the two countries into a deeper partnership, asking the U.S. “not look at Pakistan from the two specific lenses of Afghanistan and terrorism.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Ocak 2014, 12:07