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Statement: US national security adviser arrives s Kabul

Statement: US national security adviser arrives s Kabul

A statement from the United States embassy in Islamabad said McMaster expressed appreciation for Pakistan's democratic and economic development but also "stressed the need to confront terrorism in all its forms".

McMaster's visit is the first of a senior Trump administration official to the country, where the usa has almost 9,000 troops engaged in a train, advise, and assist mission.

It also said Sharif would welcome US mediation in Pakistan's disputes with India.

Expressing Pakistan's concerns over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, Aziz reaffirmed Islamabad's commitment to working with the global community to support peace efforts in Afghanistan.

H.R. McMaster arrived in Islamabad on Monday after holding talks in Afghanistan on efforts to combat the Taliban and the Islamic State group's Afghan affiliate, which was the target of Thursday's massive bombing.

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Lt. Gen. McMaster, who is on his maiden visit to Kabul after being elected as President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, will next visit Pakistan and India to assess the situation in the two countries and then report back to the White House.

McMaster's visits are being closely watched for clues to the Trump administration's future course of action in the region.US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops have been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime for refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

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.

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.

Sharif said that as a longstanding friend and a partner, Pakistan was looking forward to forging a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with the USA and to working with the new administration, to promote peace and security in the region and beyond, the statement said. Conveying Pakistan's concerns over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, Sartaj reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to work with the worldwide community to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. McMaster's visit was a part of regional consultations that included a stop in Kabul yesterday.

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