Foreign Secretary Jalil Abas Jilani and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman holding joint press conference at Foreign Office on Wednesday, April 27,2012. — APP Photo

ISLAMABAD: The United States’ Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman on Thursday met with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad to discuss matters relating to Pak-US bilateral ties and peace in Afghanistan, DawnNews reported.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Gilani reiterated that ties between the two states must move forward in light of the new foreign policy guidelines approved by the parliament.

Grossman, who is currently visiting the country, had affirmed on Wednesday Washington’s resolve to work with Pakistan in going forward on bilateral relations.

“Washington respects the Pakistani parliamentary review on new contours of relations and the seriousness with which it was carried out,” said the US envoy on Wednesday .

Grossman said the US had great respect for democracy in Pakistan adding that his meeting with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and other Pakistani leadership showed America’s intention of improving ties between the two countries.

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