World will keenly observe next elections in Pakistan, say US senators
Islamabad, Jan. 8 : Senior American senators have said that the world would observe the upcoming general elections in Pakistan with great interest.
They made the statement during a meeting between a US delegation and Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and his cabinet members Hina Rabbani Khar and Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh at the PM House, according to The Express Tribune.
The US senators said relations between the two countries were on the right track. Ashraf, on his part, said the Pakistan government was committed to holding free, fair and impartial elections and a smooth transition of power.
He expressed the hope that relations between the two countries would further strengthen in the interest of the region and the world.
Ashraf also said Pakistan desires peace and stability in Afghanistan post-2014 when the US is scheduled to withdraw its troops from the war-torn country.
He welcomed the re-election of US President Barack Obama, saying the move would ensure continuity in relations.
He also appreciated the services of former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and welcomed the nomination of Senator John Kerry as her successor.
The US delegation comprised member of the Armed Services Committee Senator Jack Reed and US Ambassador Richard Olson. (ANI)