Obama and Prime Minister Sharif discuss interest in prosperous Pakistan

Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif accepted an invitation from U.S. President Barack Obama to visit Washington D.C. this week to discuss mutual interests in developing peace and stability in Pakistan.

Sharif visited Washington from Oct. 20 to 23. He and President Obama met at the White House and discussed the capacity for the nations to develop a partnership "built on a foundation of mutual interest and respect."

Both Sharif and Obama acknowledged development towards a grounded relationship over the past year. The leaders confirmed a level of friendliness and desire to cooperate, and noted past positive contributions the U.S. and Pakistan made to peace and security during the Cold War and following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Sharif and Obama agreed that the U.S.-Pakistan partnership is important to security, economic growth, economic development, stability and counterterrorism measures throughout South Asia. The leaders also agreed that continued partnership must be based upon respect for sovereignty and territory.

Obama said that Pakistan is a necessary partner for the U.S. to advance the countries' goals of peace, security and social and economic development in South Asia. He said Pakistan's prosperity, diplomacy and level of peace within the nation is important to the socioeconomic success of the region.