Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif After Their Assembly – March 24, 2014 – Kurhaus Lodge – The Hague, Netherlands
Secretary Kerry: (In progress) – it’s to fulfill with Prime Minister Sharif of Pakistan. We – Pakistan and the USA – have huge mutual pursuits. We’re each striving to fight extremism, terrorism, take care of the problem of world power, in addition to to supply for the prosperity of our folks and take care of nuclear safety. And it is nuclear safety that significantly brings us right here to The Hague.
However we’re working very, very intently collectively. I visited with the prime minister in August of final yr. We started a strategic dialogue once more. We’ve labored along with our Safety, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation Working Group. That group is engaged in coping with problems with nuclear safety in addition to different challenges. And as well as, we met not too long ago in Washington. Dr. Aziz and I engaged in our strategic dialogue. And we look ahead to welcoming Finance Minister Dar, who might be coming to Washington for our finance element of that dialogue.
So we’re deeply engaged, and I would add that we affirmed not too long ago and we reaffirm that now we have nice confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear safety. They’ve actually executed an infinite quantity of labor. I do know the prime minister will most likely speak about that right here on the summit. However we do have vital problems with cooperation with respect to the extremism, terror, counterterrorism, and Afghanistan. And we look ahead to discussing these points this morning.
Prime Minister Sharif: Thanks, John. Thanks very a lot.
Secretary Kerry: Thanks, sir.
Prime Minister Sharif: It is all the time a pleasure to welcome you, and you’ve got been an incredible buddy of Pakistan. In fact, we’re very completely satisfied to have met right here additionally. And as John has been saying, that there are numerous challenges – we’re assembly these challenges in Pakistan. We’ve been in workplace for nearly about 9 months and we have had very constructive discussions with our American buddies. I had an excellent assembly with President Obama just a few months in the past in Washington, and we at the moment are following up all that now we have mentioned and agreed.
Secretary Kerry: Good.
Prime Minister Sharif: Thanks.
Secretary Kerry: Thanks, Nawaz. Thanks.