ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador at the United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said that strong and durable partnership between Pakistan and the United States is essential for peace and stability in the region.

He said this while addressing a gathering of South Asian experts, academics, opinion makers, US government officials and media representatives in Washington DC.

He said Pakistan-US relationship should be based on mutual respect and commonality of interests. He outlined steps Government of Pakistan has taken to facilitate the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan has time and again emphasized that there is no military solution to the long-running conflict. He said Islamabad is supporting efforts for peace as stability in Afghanistan is vital for peace and stability in Pakistan.