US says it’s in Pakistan interest to advance Afghan peace
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: United States Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Ambassador Alice G. Wells on Wednesday said it was in Pakistan’s interest to advance the Afghan peace process while acknowledging that Islamabad’s commitment to peace in the region had grown.
Wells told an online press briefing that the US South Asian strategy had called for Pakistan’s decisive action against the militant groups, particularly those which had been supporting conflicts in Afghanistan.
While recounting Pakistan’s support for the Afghan peace process and actions against militant groups, she said Pakistan took constructive steps to encourage the Taliban to advance the Afghan peace process, besides taking action against Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed and other groups of the sort.
Wells said during last three years, Pakistan’s relations with the United States had improved particularly in trade.
To a question, the ambassador said it was deeply in Pakistan’s interest to advance the Afghan peace process. As per their commitment, the US had seen solid cooperation from Pakistan’s civil and military leadership towards the Afghan peace talks.
Wells said after assuming the office, President Trump had announced that the US needed to give a serious look to the Afghan policy in terms of its economic impact as well as the security risk to its security forces. She said after over a year of talks, the US and Taliban signed a peace deal in which the Taliban committed to bringing down the violence in the country.
The US was upholding its commitment and closely looking at the situation, she said and made it clear that the increased volume of violence in Afghanistan was unacceptable. The ambassador, who would now be replaced by another veteran diplomat Tom Vajda, said the US welcomed the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan by President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah.