Islamabad, 30 August 2023 (TDI): Acting Deputy Secretary of State and Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland engaged in a conversation with Pakistani Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani, emphasizing the significance of “timely, free, and fair elections” within Pakistan.

During the conversation, Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland and Foreign Minister Jilani underscored the essential nature of conducting elections that adhere to Pakistan’s laws and constitution.

Moreover, the U.S. State Department’s statement highlighted the mutual concern for a transparent electoral process that reflects the democratic aspirations of the Pakistani people.

Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland conveyed her warm congratulations to Foreign Minister Jilani on his recent appointment, recognizing his pivotal role in fostering diplomatic ties between the two nations.

One of the key areas of discussion was Pakistan’s economic stability and prosperity. Both sides emphasized the significance of ongoing collaboration in fostering economic growth and stability within Pakistan.

The conversation also underscored Pakistan’s continued engagement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a vital component of economic development.

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Acting Deputy Secretary Nuland expressed optimism for the future of U.S.-Pakistan relations and reiterated the United States’ steadfast support for Pakistan’s progress and prosperity.

Furthermore, the conversation underscored the diplomatic efforts to enhance collaboration, strengthen ties, and address shared concerns.