US VP PENCE PHONES PM ABBASI
From Our Correspondent
ISLAMABAD: US Vice President Mike Pence telephoned Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi yesterday evening and praised the country’s armed forces for the swift response and safe recovery of the US national Caitlin Coleman, her husband Joshua Boyle and their three children. Speaking on behalf of the US government, Pence reaffirmed the importance of bilateral relations and said that the US would like to further build this relationship for peace and prosperity of the region. The foreigners were recovered from Nawe Kali, a remote area about 15 kilometres southwest of Kohat town, following a joint operation by security forces and intelligence agencies, officials had said. Reaffirming Pakistan’s resolve to eliminate terrorism from its soil, PM Abbasi assured the US vice president that Pakistan would respond to any actionable intelligence shared by the US side. The two leaders agreed to maintain high-level engagements to strengthen cooperation in areas of mutual interest. Pence also accepted the invitation of the prime minister to visit Pakistan in the near future. Earlier, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also called to convey US government’s gratitude for the safe recovery of the hostages.