In a joint statement issued after US-Pak Strategic Dialogue on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz recognized the significance of improved relations between the two South Asian neighbours.

"Kerry and Aziz recognized the potential for enhanced stability and prosperity from improved bilateral relations between Pakistan and India, benefitting the lives of citizens on both sides of the border," the joint statement said.
    
"Towards that end, United States welcomed Prime Minister Sharif's vision for a peaceful neighbourhood and efforts for the economic uplift of the people of the region, including steps taken by Pakistan and India to improve their relations," said the joint statement.
    
The two leaders also reiterated their commitment to the reconciliation process in Afghanistan, which they argued is of paramount importance for regional stability.
    
Kerry and Aziz stressed that a peaceful, stable, independent and united Afghanistan is in the interest of the region. Both sides emphasized their support for a policy of non-interference in Afghanistan and reaffirmed that Afghan-led peace and reconciliation is the way to end violence and ensure stability in the region.

The two leaders also called on the Taliban to join the political process and enter into dialogue with the Afghan government. They expressed their conviction that an enduring US-Pakistan partnership is vital to regional and international security.
    
“The two leaders recognized their shared interest in Pakistan's economic growth, increased trade, stability, and mutually-determined measures to counter extremism and terrorism,” the statement said.

Aziz, who is leading a high-power Pakistani delegation for talks with US, is scheduled to meet National Security Adviser Susan Rice at the White House on Tuesday.

(Agencies)

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