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Pak-US ties set to take new turn: Qureshi

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Pakistan's relations with the US are set to take a new turn due to Islamabad's behind-the-scenes role in facilitating the US-peace talks to end the 17-year-old brutal war in Afghanistan, according to

Speaking to the media at an event here on Sunday, Qureshi said positive results were expected from the US-peace talks in facilitated by

He said because the [FATF] had placed in the grey list for not doing enough to combat terrorism and terror financing, Washington's relationship with was not "that great".

In June last year, the FATF had placed on the grey list of whose domestic laws are considered weak to tackle the challenges of money laundering and terrorism financing.

The Paris-based global body working to curb terrorism financing and money laundering has asked Pakistan to reassess the operation of banned terrorist outfits in the country.

"But, because of our successful foreign policy, ties between both are improving," Qureshi was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

"Our relations with the US are going to take a new turn. US-peace dialogues are underway in and positive results are expected," he said, attributed this to Pakistan's behind-the-scenes role in facilitating the US-Taliban peace talks.

US special envoy to has held several rounds of talks with the Taliban in order to reach a settlement to end the Aghan war, America's longest.

Pakistan has been playing a crucial role in the process and last year released senior Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who led a high-level Taliban team in marathon meetings with a high-powered American delegation led by Khalilzad in

About the recent tensions with India, Qureshi said Pakistan wanted peace in the region but will not "compromise" on

Qureshi said Russia's role to help de-escalate the rising tensions following the Pulwama attack which killed 40 CRPF solders cannot be ignored.

"categorically announced it is ready to play a role to maintain peace in the region," he said.

Qureshi also said will establish a big refinery in Gwadar at a cost of USD 10 billion while it has provided worth USD 9.6 billion.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 15:55 IST