Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal has emphasized over the importance of Pakistan-U.S. partnership in achieving common regional objectives and promoting mutual interest.

He was speaking at a round table discussion of U.S. scholars and think-tank analysts at the Middle East Institute in Washington.

He said the hostages release in an intelligence sharing based operation was testament to value of close cooperation between the two countries.

The Minister called Pakistan's counter-terrorism strategy, a rare example of success in fight against terrorism in the region.

He said government had turned around the country's economy in the past four years, through economic reform and infrastructure development.

Ahsan Iqbal termed CPEC an engine for growth and prosperity in South and Central Asia.

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