Pakistan assures USA to deal 'firmly' with all terrorists, says NSA Bolton

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In Islamabad, Pakistan's Foreign Office said the goal of Qureshi's call was to provide Bolton Pakistan's perspective on the "recent regional developments".

On terrorism, the foreign minister said this was a regional and global challenge. "You saw what happened in the last few days post-Pulwama".

Qureshi said that solution to the lingering Kashmir dispute through dialogue is imperative for peace and stability in the region. "A political party not doing well, the economy not going well, diverting the attention of the nation and creating a bogey and Pakistan bashing is a vote-getter on the eastern side".

Foreign Minister Maas underscored Pakistan's key role towards peaceful settlement in Afghanistan.

Qureshi made the admission while addressing the Business Leaders Summit in Islamabad. He said the present government is taking steps to implement the consensus National Action Plan on terrorism in letter and spirit.

The German foreign minister also met with Prime Minister Imran Khan. "The government is very clear on its priorities, we [PTI] do not have Swiss bank accounts and Canadian passports", he continued. "We do not have Swiss bank accounts and Canadian passports".

He said however a responsible withdrawal of troops would be in better interest of Pakistan as well as the regional countries. "Qatar also plans to invest in Pakistan's food processing industry".

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The foreign minister also informed Bolton that Pakistan's High Commissioner to India has returned to Delhi after consultations.

Maas said that Germany recognized that steps were being taken by Pakistan in deescalating the situation.

He remarked that PM Imran Khan is committed to increasing bilateral trade with Iran, China and other countries of the region. "We are negotiating with China to help Pakistan in the agriculture sector and in establishing of economic zones".

The Foreign Minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had released the captured Indian pilot Abhinandan as a goodwill gesture despite India's belligerent posture.

The minister said the PTI government had taken multiple steps to boost GDP growth rate and reduce the fiscal deficit since it assumed power previous year in August.

"Pakistan wants to solve issues with India through negotiations", he said.

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