ISLAMABAD- United States Ambassador in Pakistan Richard Olson said his country wanted to expand ties withIslamabadin various fields for stability and development.
In an interview with the state-run media here on Monday‚ Olson said Pak-US relations have significantly improved as a result of strategic dialogue, and hoped that the mutual cooperation would be further strengthened. He said that theUSgovernment is considering setting up another working group in education under the strategic dialogue to promote education inPakistan.
To a question‚ Olson saidPakistanhas rendered matchless sacrifices in the war against terrorism and his country is committed to assistIslamabadgovernment in establishing writ of the state in every nook and cranny of the country. He said although improving law and order in the country is an internal matter of Pakistan‚ yet theUnited Statesis ready to extend all possible assistance in this regard.
Olson said theUnited Stateswould fully assistPakistanto overcome energy crisis and speedy development of other sectors.
He said that 1‚000 MW electricity has been added to national grid inPakistanthrough theUScooperation. He saidWashingtonwould also cooperate withIslamabadto overcome gas shortage in the country and help it in the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The Ambassador said theUSgovernment endorses the steps taken byPakistanto improve its economy. He said there is a forward movement in providing Pakistani goods access to theUSmarket. He said negotiations are underway between the two countries for an understanding in this regard. He saidWashingtonis also working to promote cultural relations withIslamabadand it has set up fifteen American centers throughout the country.
To another question‚ theUSambassador saidPakistanand theUnited Stateshave similarity of view regarding resolving the Afghan issue. He said theUnited Stateswould continue to remain engaged withPakistaneven after pullout of Nato troops fromAfghanistan.Published in The Nation newspaper on 04-Feb-2014