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US Engagement deepens, counsellor due this week

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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