Businessman thinks US secretaries’ visit will deescalate Pak-US tensions

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LAHORE: Pak-US Business Council Chairman Iftikhar Ali Malik on Saturday voiced hope that the comprehensive bilateral dialogue process between Pakistan and US would move forward in days to come, as “differences” on all outstanding issues, including the war on terror, can be resolved through dialogue.

Welcoming the President Donald Trump’s decision dispatching his top diplomatic and military advisors to Pakistan in the coming weeks, Iftikhar Malik said the forthcoming visit of US State Secretary Rex Tillerson followed by Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will trim down the current tension level between the US and Pakistan.

He said dialogue is the only available vehicle to solve all outstanding issues and the two countries would stay engaged with a constructive approach to achieve shared objectives of peace, stability and economic prosperity in the region.

Iftikhar said that the US-Pakistan trade and economic partnership can be further expanded with renewed efforts of public and private sectors of both the countries. He also suggested that the American businessmen also come to visit Pakistan with a positive intention of investing in Pakistan as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a joint business venture between China and Pakistan, reflects the opinion that Pakistan is safe for investment.