US envoy Khalilzad, military commander meet Gen Bajwa in Islamabad
Statesman Report
RAWALPINDI: US Special Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa after arriving in Islamabad on Tuesday, the US embassy said.
According to a statement by the embassy, the envoy was accompanied by Resolute Support Mission Commander General Austin Scott Miller.
Both the US representatives held a meeting with the army chief Tuesday during which “United States’ ongoing efforts for a sustainable peace in Afghanistan” came under discussion.
“Pakistan’s military leaders reaffirmed their support for US efforts and renewed their commitment to act to advance a political settlement to the conflict,” read the embassy’s statement.
On Monday, the US special envoy said that an initial prisoner release between Taliban and the Afghan government was an “important step” towards peace. The Taliban had released 20 Afghan soldiers as part of the deal.
“Both sides should accelerate efforts to meet targets specified in the US-Taliban agreement as soon as possible,” Khalilzad had added, noting the exchange was more important than ever with prison populations threatened by coronavirus outbreaks.
Khalilzad and the Taliban signed a deal February 29 that paves the way for US and other foreign forces to quit Afghanistan in return for various commitments from the insurgents.