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Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif meets Obama administration in Washington

Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
Washington, D.C. 23 October, (Asiantribune.com):

The US State Department has asked Congress to resume more than $300 million in blocked security assistance to Pakistan while the US Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting the visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Washington.

Mr. Kerry said the U.S. relationship with Pakistan "could not be more important."

Secretary Kerry and Prime Minister Sharif has had an intense three-hour meeting at the State Department.
Mr. Sharif last visited Washington in 1999 as his country's prime minister. He then was touring the South Asian nation Sri Lanka when he was deposed by the military headed by Gen. Paves Musharaff.

Sharif was elected in May, and Washington has praised his efforts to reduce tensions in South Asia.

Before the two entered their dinner meeting they met the media where John Kerry underscored Pakistan's vital significance to regional stability as the country addresses the challenges of economy and insurgency simultaneously.

He said Nawaz Sharif will have a series of high-level meetings‚ including discussions with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden on Wednesday.

The decision to ask the Congress to release $300 million came as Secretary of State John Kerry met with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

"We have a lot to talk about and the relationship with Pakistan could not be more important," Kerry said at the start of the meeting.

He called Pakistan a "democracy that is working hard to get its economy moving and deal with insurgency and also important to the regional stability."

Relations with the United States have also improved since they plunged to one of their lowest points in 2011 amid the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a US commando raid in Pakistan, as well as the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a US airstrike.

- Asian Tribune -

Secretary John Kerry with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday, October 20
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