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-Taliban peace talks to end the 17-year-old brutal war in Afghanistan, according to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
He said because the Financial Action Task Force [FATF] had placed Pakistan in the grey list for not doing enough to combat terrorism and terror financing, Washington's relationship with Islamabad was not "that great".
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 countries are improving," Qureshi was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.
"Our relations with the US are going to take a new turn. US-Taliban peace dialogues are underway in Doha and positive results are expected," he said, attributed this to Pakistan's behind-the-scenes role in facilitating the US-Taliban peace talks.
Pakistan has been playing a crucial role in the process and last year released senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who led a high-level Taliban team in marathon meetings with a high-powered American delegation led by Khalilzad in Doha.
About the recent tensions with India, Qureshi said Pakistan wanted peace in the region but will not "compromise" on Kashmir.
Qureshi said Russia's role to help de-escalate the rising tensions following the Pulwama attack which killed 40 CRPF solders cannot be ignored.
"Russia categorically announced it is ready to play a role to maintain peace in the region," he said.
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