Pakistani PM, U.S. John Kerry discuss relations


Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, and the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, met in The Hague and discussed bilateral relations and the scheduled withdrawal of ISAF forces from Afghanistan by the end of this year, officials said on Monday.

Both leaders are in The Hague to attend Nuclear Summit.

Mr Sharif and President Barrack Obama also shook hands at the inaugural session of the summit.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif later told a joint press talk that Pakistan is facing a lot of challenges and his government is trying to meet those challenges.

“We have been in office for almost about nine months and we’ve had very constructive discussions with our American friends. I had a very good meeting with President Obama a few months ago in Washington, and we are now following up all that we have discussed and agreed,” he said.

John Kerry said on the occasion that Pakistan and the United States have enormous mutual interests and both are striving to combat extremism, terrorism, deal with the challenge of global energy as well as to provide for the prosperity to the people and deal with nuclear security.

“We have worked together with our Security, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation Working Group,” he said, adding that group is engaged in dealing with issues of nuclear security as well as other challenges.

He said the U.S. has a great confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear security and that Pakistan has really done an enormous amount of work.

“We do have important issues of cooperation with respect to the extremism, terror, counterterrorism, and Afghanistan,” Kerry said.