President Mamnoon Hussain has stated that fighting terrorism is amongst Pakistan’s top priorities and there is a national consensus and commitment to combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
The President said this while talking to the outgoing US Ambassador Richard Olson, who paid a farewell call on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on 16th September, 2015.
The President underlined that Pakistan’s policy on dealing with terrorist sanctuaries and militant organizations is very clear and the ongoing military operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ is targeting all terrorist outfits without discrimination.
President Mamnoon Hussain expressed satisfaction that Pakistan-US relations are progressing well and highlighted the need to upgrade bilateral relations to a long term strategic partnership. Referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s upcoming visit to the US, the President said that Pakistan keenly anticipates fruitful and productive engagements between the Prime Minister and President Obama during the said visit.
The President appreciated the security related assistance provided to Pakistan by the US government and underscored the need to expand cooperation between Pakistan and the US beyond counter terrorism.
He expressed satisfaction at the US commitment towards support for Pakistan’s economy, particularly the energy sector and suggested the need to expand cooperation in the field of alternative and renewable energy sector as well as for the completion of projects such as Diamer Bhasha dam project.
President Mamnoon Hussain observed that during the tenure of Ambassador Richard Olson, relations between both countries witnessed significant improvement and expressed the hope that his successor would continue his legacy, contributing in a similar manner towards further strengthening Pakistan-US relations.
US Ambassador appreciated the ‘Zarb-e-Azb’operation and acknowledged the successes achieved against terrorists. Richard Olson said that 1500MW electricity has been added in the national grid with the assistance of US and re-affirmed his country’s commitment for continued assistance to overcome the energy shortage and in construction of Diamer Bhasha dam.
President Mamnoon Hussain wished the outgoing Ambassador success in his future endeavours.