US acknowledges Pakistan’s sincere role in facilitating intra-Afghan dialogue

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: Ambassador Khalilzad expressed appreciation on behalf of the United States, especially the important role that Prime Minister Imran Khan and General Bajwa played in facilitating the start of the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations in Doha on September 12, and stressed the need for ongoing regional and international support for this historic opportunity for peace, the US embassy in Islamabad said in a statement.

As Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said, “The United States will never forget the solidarity of our many allies and partners who have stood with us in the long struggle to end this war.”

A delegation headed by Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation called on COAS at GHQ, on Monday. Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, DG Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq, Pak’s Special Representative for Afghanistan was also present in the meeting.

Matters of mutual interest, regional security and ongoing Afghan Reconciliation Process were discussed during the meeting.

The visiting dignitary greatly appreciated Pakistan’s role in the ongoing peace process and said that it could not have succeeded without Pakistan’s sincere and unconditional support.

COAS said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has given clear vision regarding peace and connectivity in the region and all elements of national power are united towards making that vision a reality to ensure long awaited peace, progress and prosperity in the region, Said by Pakistan armed forces media wing ISPR.

First ever for face-to-face direct talks between Taliban and Afghan Govt. backed delegation held in Qatar’s capital, Doha, on Saturday.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo held a meeting with Taliban Political Deputy and Head of the Political Office Mullah Abdul Ghani Beradar and members of the Taliban negotiating team in Doha, Qatar, on the historic occasion of the start of peace negotiations.

Secretary Pompeo urged the Taliban to seize this opportunity to forge a political settlement and reach a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire. He welcomed Afghan leadership and ownership of the effort to end 40 years of war and ensure that Afghanistan is not a threat to the United States or its allies.

On the occasion Michael R. Pompeo also met with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, and acting Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Hanif Atmar, and members of the inclusive national team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar, on the historic occasion of the start of Afghanistan peace negotiations.

Secretary Pompeo urged Chairman Abdullah to seize this opportunity to forge a political settlement and reach a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire.

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