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Pak-U.S ties are smooth, yet there is room for improvement: American Under Secretary

Pakistan's role in ending terrorism is commendable: Elizabeth Horst

New York: American Under Secretary Elizabeth Horst has said that bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United States are smooth, yet there is definitely room for improvement.

She said this during a dialogue held in the context of Pakistan-US relations which at One UN Plaza.

The dialogue titled: ‘Main pillar of democracy and Pakistan-US relations’ was attended by prominent figures of the Pakistani community besides wife of former US Ambassador Arnold Raphel, Robin Raphel, and well-known American businesswoman Joanne Herring.

In response to the question of the participants, US Under Secretary Elizabeth Horst said that it was decided in the Doha agreement with the Taliban that the Afghan territory would not be used against terrorism under any circumstances.

She said Pakistan’s role in ending terrorism is commendable.

Addressing the participants, Robin Raphel, the wife of former US ambassador to Pakistan, Arnold Raphel, said that looking at the current situation in Pakistan, America needs to change its policy.

On this occasion, the well-known American business woman Joanne Herring said that she has always seen that the life of the people of rural areas of Pakistan is not improving, so much time has passed but the people are still hopeless.

Prominent personalities of the Pakistani community participating in the dialogue asked several questions to the American politicians on Pak-US relations.

They said that Pakistanis should give up thinking based on dependence on American cooperation, Pakistan has learned from its mistakes and should move forward by taking lessons from it.

The participants agreed that there is no friction in the relationship between Pakistan and the US, there is always room for improvement in the relationship.

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