Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan believed in a peaceful neighbourhood and the government is keen to work with friends and partners for peace and stability of the region.

He was talking to US National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster on telephone.

They also exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest.

The finance minister congratulated Gen McMaster on assuming the important responsibility as the National Security Advisor and said he looked forward to working with him to enhance bilateral relationship between Pakistan and US.

Referring to the tremendous success of operation Zarb-e-Azb and encouraging results of the ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, he said these demonstrated our commitment to eradicate terrorism.

Gen McMaster said administration of President Trump looked forward to work with Pakistan to pursue the common objectives of peace and security and economic well-being of the people.

He said sacrifices made by Pakistan's armed forces as well as civilians to improve the security conditions were admirable. He said Pakistan had also made impressive progress on the economic side. 

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