US lauds Pakistan’s efforts for Afghanistan peace
FM Qureshi and Gen Bajwa assure Khalilzad of Pakistan’s continued efforts to bring peace to neighbouring country
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday held meetings with Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and expressed his gratitude for Pakistan’s facilitation of the Afghan peace process.
According to a press release issued by the Foreign Office, Khalilzad — who arrived in Pakistan from Qatar — met with Qureshi at the Foreign Office. During their exchange, the US envoy praised Pakistan’s efforts for lasting peace in Afghanistan while briefing the foreign minister about the most recent talks with the Taliban.
“The finalisation of a peace treaty between the Taliban and the US will pave the way for inter-Afghan dialogue, which would not only benefit Afghanistan but the whole region,” Qureshi was quoted as saying.
During the meeting, Qureshi assured the US envoy that Pakistan will continue to support efforts to bring peace in Afghanistan. Both sides agreed to carry on their respective efforts in this regard.
In a separate meeting with Gen Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, Khalilzad discussed “matters of mutual interest including overall regional security situation and ongoing Afghanistan Reconciliation Process”, a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
According to the statement, the US envoy “thanked Pakistan for facilitating the process towards the mutual objective of peace in the region”.

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