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PR No. 136 FINANCE MINISTER’S TELEPHONE CALL WITH LIEUTENANT GENERAL HERBERT RAYMOND McMASTER, US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR Islamabad, April 14, 2017

US National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster called Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar on telephone Friday evening.

The two leaders exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest. Finance Minister congratulated Gen McMaster on assuming the important responsibility as the National Security Advisor and said that he looked forward to working with him (NSA) to further develop and enhance the bilateral relationship between the two countries. He said that the improved security conditions as well as the economic turnaround achieved in last three years provide an excellent opportunity to develop and promote an economic partnership between the two countries.

The Minister further said that Pakistan believes in a peaceful neighbourhood and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is keen to work with friends and partners for peace and stability of the region and beyond. Referring to the tremendous success of operation Zarb-e-Azb and encouraging results of the ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasad, he said that these demonstrate our commitment to eradicate terrorism.

Gen McMaster said that the administration of President Trump looked forward to working with Pakistan to pursue the common objectives of peace and security and economic well being of the people. He said that the sacrifices made by Pakistan’s armed forces as well as civilians to improve the security conditions were admirable. He said that Pakistan had also made impressive progress on the economic side. He said that security was an important prerequisite to unlock the immense economic potential of the region and the US administration would like to work closely with Pakistan in this regard. He said that he looked forward to meet the Finance Minister during the his visit to Washington, later in the month.

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