WASHINGTON: US State Department Counsellor Derek Chollet will arrive in Islamabad this week with an inter-agency team, as Washington underlines the need to continue dialogue with Pakistan on a broad range of issues.
The US State Department in a press note said that Mr Chollet will lead an inter-agency delegation to Bangladesh and Pakistan from Feb 14 to 18.
In Pakistan, the delegation will meet senior officials to discuss strengthening economic ties, cooperating to address the impacts of the climate crisis, and expanding the people-to-people connections between the United States and Pakistan, the State Department said.
Counselor Chollet will convey US condolences for the recent terrorist attack at a Peshawar mosque and reaffirm our solidarity with the Pakistani people as they continue to recover from the devastating 2022 floods,” the note added.
At a news briefing in Washington, State Department spokesperson Ned Price noted that the US and Pakistan were also holding mid-level defence talks in Washington. He said he could not comment on the defence talks as those were held at the Pentagon, but the dialogue conveys “the broader point … that we maintain a dialogue with Pakistan on a broad range of issues”.
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