McCain calls Pakistan a 'close' friend, ally of US

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McCain calls Pakistan a 'close' friend, ally of US

The source said that the U.S. delegation urged Pakistan to help revive the peace process as the U.S. review had entered in a crucial situation.

Afghanistan and Pakistan have had a rocky relationship in the last few years, with both sides accusing each other of patronizing certain Taliban groups on their soil.

A delegation of United States senate (Armed Services Committee) headed by Senator John McCain earlier called on Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz today.

Talking about the use of force in Kashmir, he is quoted to have said "India has failed to suppress the voice of Kashmiris through use of force and brutal human rights violations" nad added "Kashmir is a disputed territory and the issue can only be resolved through composite dialogue".

McCain, the Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee, is leading a delegation of U.S. senators including Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator David Perdue and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to Pakistan for talks with civil and military authorities on a host of issues covering bilateral ties, current regional and worldwide situation.

On June 26, hours before the first-ever meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House, Washington declared Syed Sallahuddin, the head of Hizb-ul-Mujahddin - the largest armed group fighting Indian occupation of Kashmir - a global terrorist.

McCain said peace and stability in Afghanistan was not possible without Pakistan's help. Adviser noted that QCG process remains a credible and effective vehicle to facilitate reconciliation and restore peace, stability and economic prosperity in Afghanistan. "The U.S. will continue to pursue its [traditional] Kashmir policy", McCain was quoted as saying by state-run Pakistan Television, citing Foreign Ministry officials.

"He said that continued engagement with Pakistan, a close friend and ally of the United States, was important, it said". An official handout said that welcoming the U.S. senators, the adviser reiterated the importance of regular high-level contacts and particularly appreciated McCain, Graham and Whitehouse for their continued engagement and regular visits to Pakistan to promote understanding and cooperation.

Aziz underscored the significance of the long-standing cooperation between the two countries and the need to make this partnership diverse and multidimensional.

"There is no change in USA policy on Kashmir".

During the meeting, Aziz said that the strategic partnership between Pakistan and the U.S. is of utmost importance to achieve peace and stability in the region.

The advisor said Islamabad firmly believes in the legitimacy of the Kashmir cause and supports the peaceful struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination, the radio reported.

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