COAS, UK foreign secretary discuss Afghan situation, issues of mutual interest: ISPR

Statesman Report

RAWALPINDI: Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday to discuss “issues of mutual interest, regional security, current situation in Afghanistan and measures to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields”, the military’s media wing said in a press release.

“Both sides agreed to continue exploring avenues for collaboration in defence, training and counter terrorism domains,” the statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

“COAS reiterated that Pakistan remains committed to make all-out efforts to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan and supports an all-inclusive Afghan government.”

“Both reiterated the desire to further enhance bilateral relations, including efforts for peace and security in the region and fight against Covid-19.”

“The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation, including successful evacuation operations, regional stability and pledged to play their role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels,” it added.

Raab arrived in Pakistan on Thursday and was welcomed by foreign ministry and British High Commission officials after he landed at Nur Khan Airbase.

In a press conference on Friday at the Foreign Office alongside Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Raab said: “We do not recognise the Taliban as a government, but we do see the importance of engaging and having direct line of communication with them.”