WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani met with Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia and discussed bilateral relations.
Defense Secretary Lt General (Retd.) Asif Yasin Malik, who is currently visiting Washington, also joined the ambassador, the Pakistani embassy said.
Senator Manchin serves at the four important Committees of the Senate including the Armed Services Committee as well as the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Ambassador Jilani briefed the U.S. senator on the state of bilateral relationship and the recent high-level exchanges including the Ministerial Review of the Strategic Dialogue.
The Pakistani ambassador thanked the Senator for the U.S. assistance in the energy sector, which has helped to add over 1000 MWs of electricity to the national grid. He shared the various initiatives undertaken by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to address the energy shortage as well as to revive the economy.
Senator Manchin assured Ambassador Jilani of continued cooperation in helping Pakistan meet its energy challenges.
Matters of mutual interest including peace and stability in Afghanistan were also discussed. Both sides agreed to work closely for smooth and orderly withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan.