Pakistan stand in support of Khalilzad for accelerating intra-Afghan dialogue

ISLAMABAD: US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalizad concluded his two-day trip of Pakistan on Tuesday during which he held conversations with Pakistani leadership regarding the Afghan peace process.

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According to a US Embassy press release, “Ambassador Khalilzad requested and received support for the need to accelerate intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations as well as a reduction in violence, concrete steps necessary for a comprehensive settlement.”

Khalilzad had detailed meetings with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and senior military officials during his visit.

The press release further added, “Ambassador Khalilzad expressed his appreciation for Prime Minister Khan’s recent remarks in support of the peace process and a broader vision for stability and prosperity in the region.”

Khalilzad, during his meetings, asserted the need to end the war so the long overdue peace and stability prevail in Afghanistan and the country becomes an independent nation prevented from being used by terrorists to attack other countries.

The press release added, “peace holds particular significance for the region by facilitating regional economic integration. Ambassador Khalilzad said such integration contributes to advancing PM Khan’s vision for a development-centric transformation of Pakistan.”

Alice Wells, United States’ Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia visited Islamabad today and met with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and senior military officials.

Wells discussed two-way relations, regional security, Afghan reconciliation process and economic relationship between Pakistan and America during her meetings with the officials.

Wells said all stakeholders must work together for peace and stability in South Asia and showed US commitment for achieving mutual objectives.

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