US lauds Pak's effort to normalise ties with India

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Richard Holbrooke
Islamabad, Aug 17: US President's Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, has said that Washington is appreciative of Islamabad's efforts to normalise ties with New Delhi, especially in the wake of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai.

According to The News, Holbrooke is said to have conveyed this message to former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief, Nawaz Sharif, during their meeting here on Sunday, Aug 16.

Holbrooke is reported to have said that normalising relations with India was essential not only for maintaining peace and stability in South Asia, but also for both countries to confront the many challenges they face.

Sharif, while agreeing with most of what Holbrooke said, emphasised that for Indo-Pakistan ties to normalise, it was essential that all outstanding bilateral issues, include the Kashmir dispute, be resolved to the satisfaction of both governments.

In this context, he asked the Obama administration to play a more effective role for the resolution of all outstanding issues.

He also urged Washington to support Pakistan's efforts to finalise a Free Trade Agreement with the US and to encourage greater American investment in Pakistan, especially in its energy and power sectors, as these will have a direct bearing on the country's economy as well as on the people's well being.

ANI

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