ISLAMABAD, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have issued a joint statement at the conclusion of Sharif's visit to the United States, expressing their conviction that an enduring U.S.-Pakistan partnership is vital to regional and international security.
The two leaders also recognized their shared interest in Pakistan's economic growth and development, regional stability and mutually determined measures to counter terrorism, the joint statement issued by the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad and in Washington said Thursday. "President Obama and Prime Minister Sharif committed themselves to remaining in close contact and to continuing their efforts to build a strong, broad-based, long-term and enduring relationship between the United States and Pakistan that should serve as a foundation for the stability and prosperity of the region and around the globe,"the statement said.
The two leaders reaffirmed their strong relationship between the two countries, stressing that their enduring partnership is based on the principles of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. "President Obama conveyed appreciation for Pakistan's internal and regional security challenges and affirmed that a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Pakistan was an essential partner for the United States in the advancement of shared goals of peace, security and socio-economic development in South Asia."
Both leaders welcomed the resumption of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue and reaffirmed its importance as the suitable framework for guiding bilateral relationship. The dialogue was suspended in 2010 due to certain issues including the U.S. unilateral operation to kill Osama bin Laden and American raid that had killed 26 soldiers.
President Obama gave the assurance that the United States would strongly support efforts to enlarge and strengthen Pakistan's economy, particularly in the energy sector, as this sector could play a critical role in ensuring the well-being and prosperity of the people of Pakistan, the statement said.
President Obama noted that U.S. assistance in the energy sector has added over 1,000 megawatts of power to Pakistan's national grid, helping over 16 million Pakistanis.
The U.S. president commended the resolve of the government and people of Pakistan, armed forces and law enforcement agencies to defeat terrorists and praised Pakistan for its military campaign.
President Obama thanked Sharif for Pakistan's efforts to help defeat al-Qa'ida, and both Leaders expressed their deep appreciation for the sacrifices of military personnel and civilians in the fight against terrorism and extremism, the joint statement said.
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