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Pakistan wants to bolster ties with US, says FO

Pakistan on Thursday thanked the United States for the message of felicitations on the election of Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister of the country. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Shehbaz on assuming the premiership. “The US views a strong, prosperous, and democratic Pakistan as essential for the interests of both of our countries,” Blinken added. “We thank the US for the message of felicitations on the election of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

It said that Pakistan and the US have had a long-standing, broad-based and mutually-beneficial relationship, that we look forward to further deepen and solidify. “This is important for peace and development in the region and beyond,” it added. Soon after his election as prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif reiterated the need for cooperation with the United States. “The new government wishes to constructively and positively engage with the US to promote shared goals of peace, security and development in the region,” the PM’s Office had said in response to a White House statement. Staff Report

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