US Senator Chris Van Hollen thanks Pakistan for supporting Afghanistan evacuations
WASHINGTON: US Senator Chris Van Hollen on Tuesday thanked Pakistan among other countries for helping evacuate American nationals and others stranded in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country. “Even as the last US troops leave Afghanistan I’ll continue to do everything in my power to bring home all Americans and provide asylum to our Afghan partners endangered by their support to the US…,” Hollen, a Karachi-born Democrat from Maryland, said in a tweet. He continued: “Also thankful to Qatar, UAE, Pakistan, Kuwait and many others supporting evacuation efforts.” Meanwhile, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan, said in a tweet that he had a telephonic conversation with Hollen. Majeed said he briefed the US Senator on “Pakistan’s support for evacuations of US, Afghan and other nationals from Afghanistan”. “[I] shared Pakistan’s perspective on the urgency of securing an inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan,” he added. Last week, US Senator Lindsey Graham had also appreciated Pakistan for helping with the evacuation efforts in the war-torn country, and emphasised that Pakistan must be made part of a “sustainable solution” to the conflict in Afghanistan. “Any sustainable solution in Afghanistan must include Pakistan,” the US senator had said on Twitter, calling the region “very complicated” and the current period “dangerous”.