ISLAMABAD: US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, while issuing a statement on her visit to Pakistan, lauded Pakistan’s hospitality and said that it was her first visit to Pakistan since taking office.

According to ARY News, Wendy Sherman issued a detailed statement regarding her visit to Pakistan, in which she praised Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan and also discussed the development of bilateral relations.

“Pakistan and the United States have a long-standing bilateral relationship. There was an important discussion with Pakistan on the Taliban issue. The question is how well the Taliban kept their promises. The United States wants a government of all parties in Afghanistan,” he said.

“We want Afghanistan not to be a safe haven for terrorists, women, children, minorities to be given full rights in Afghanistan and the Taliban to be held accountable,” he said.

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“Pakistan and US will continue to co-operate on human rights issues, environmental crisis, geo-economic, regional ties and the eradication of the coronary epidemic. The US has so far provided 16 million doses of vaccines to Pakistan. Food will be provided.

The US Deputy Secretary of State said that the unconditional supply of cochlear vaccine to Pakistan was aimed at protecting the people of Pakistan from dangerous diseases because a strong, prosperous and democratic Pakistan is important for the region.

Wendy Sherman thanked the Pakistani authorities for their hospitality and praised the arrangements.

It may be recalled that the US Deputy Secretary of State arrived in Islamabad last night on a two-day visit, where he was received by State Department officials and US embassy officials.

Wendy Sherman has arrived in Pakistan after completing her tour from Switzerland, Uzbekistan and India. He had the busiest day of meetings today. The first meeting of the US Deputy Secretary of State was with National Security Adviser Moeed Yousaf. Later, he met Shah Mehmood Qureshi and then gave an interview on state TV. Arrive at GHQ where I met the Chief of Army Staff.

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