Khalilzad lauds Pakistan’s role in facilitating imminent US-Taliban deal
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: President Trump’s pointman for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for reduction of violence in the war-torn country and facilitating an imminent peace deal between the Afghan Taliban and Washington.
Khalilzad “welcomed Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to support a reduction in violence that will pave the way for a US-Taliban agreement, intra-Afghan negotiations, and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire in support of a sustainable peace”, read a statement released by US embassy in Pakistan on Saturday.
The statement was issued a day after Khalilzad held crucial meetings in Islamabad with senior civil and military authorities in order to fine tune the contours of the Afghan peace deal likely to be signed between the US and the Afghan Taliban soon.
Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy on Afghan reconciliation, flew from Doha on an unscheduled visit to Islamabad on Friday.
He first held talks with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Foreign Office and later met Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the GHQ in Rawalpindi.