US President Donald Trump's adviser HR McMaster visits Pakistan after massive airstrike
- Author: Adam Floyd Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 2:03
On Thursday, a 22,000-pound GBU-43, or MOAB bomb, which is the largest non-nuclear bomb in the USA military arsenal, was dropped from a C-130 military airlift aircraft, targeting an underground complex and tunnels in Afghan province of Nangarhar believed to be used by the Islamic State terrorist group, banned in Russian Federation and many other countries.
President Trump's national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is hitting the Sunday show circuit for the second week straight.
The US embassy said McMaster also met Pakistan's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other officials and described the meetings with Pakistani leaders as productive.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed hope that the new US administration might mediate between Pakistan and longtime foe India over the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir.
The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, it said.
It also said Sharif would welcome US mediation in Pakistan's disputes with India.
On relations with India, the prime minister reiterated his firm conviction on sustained dialogue and meaningful engagement as the only way forward to resolve all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India including the Kashmir issue.More news: Donald Trump declares North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 'no longer obsolete' in major u-turn
A statement from Sharif's office quoted the prime minister as saying that Pakistan is looking forward to "forging a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with the US" and working with the new U.S. administration to "promote peace and security in the region and beyond".
Sartaj was assisted by National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Dawn quoted Aziz, as saying that that Pakistan remains determined to continue its fight as part of the National Action Plan until terrorism is completely eliminated from the country.
Conveying Pakistan's concerns over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, Aziz reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to working with the worldwide community to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country.
He also stressed on the importance of effective border management to achieve sustainable peace in the region.
McMaster acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifices in combating extremism and terrorism.
NUG leaders have said that McMaster will brief the White House about the situation in Afghanistan on the basis of which the U.S. will outline its long term program for Afghanistan.