Pak-U.S. ties to be based on mutual respect, common interests, says Envoy Olson
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has said that America wants to build a relationship with Pakistan based on mutual respect and common interests.
The Dawn quoted Olson, as saying that the U.S. wants to enhance relations with Pakistan in various areas including economy, culture and energy. Moreover, he said that the both countries would enhance cooperation and coordinate efforts to counter terrorism in the region.
He further said that the U.S. is assisting Pakistan in energy projects so it can generate 900 megawatts of electricity.
Furthermore, he said that Pakistan has a pivotal role during the transition phase in Afghanistan and for taking forward the process of reconciliation.
He said the U.S. wants permanent peace in Afghanistan, which will make the region and the world more stable and secure. He said U.S. forces will stay in Afghanistan till 2014 and then according to Partnership Agreement U.S. will continue to provide economic and military assistance to Afghanistan till 2024.
He said the U.S. would give economic assistance to develop the war torn tribal areas, which bore the brunt of war on terrorism.