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US underscores support for Pakistan in combating terrorism

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WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari spoke to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday and discussed the need for close coordination between the two countries. 

In a statement issued by the State Department’s spokesperson, the secretary expressed his continued support for the people of Pakistan as they recover from the recent devastating floods. Both leaders shared their mutual hope for a productive international Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan in January and discussed “the need for close coordination.”

“The secretary offered condolences for lives lost in recent terrorist attacks and underscored the United States’ resolute support for Pakistan as its combats terrorism,” the statement concluded. The foreign minister is in Washington and has met with various American lawmakers as well as a section of the Pakistani diaspora.

The state department on Monday also maintained that Pakistan remains a partner of the US when it comes to shared challenges, including the challenge of terrorist groups — terrorist groups inside Afghanistan, and terrorist groups along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

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