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Washington supports Kabul-Islamabad talks

Washington supports Kabul-Islamabad talks

Oct 03, 2011 - 19:16

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PANinfo-icon): The US ambassador to Afghanistaninfo-icon on Monday said his country was ready to support President Hamid Karzai's plan for peace talks with Pakistaninfo-icon, not Talibaninfo-icon.

Earlier in the week, Karzai said it was important to discuss the issue of rebel safe havens with Islamabad to have peace and stability in Afghanistan. He added the Taliban were not independent in taking a decision on the issue.

The US remained ready to work jointly with Afghanistan to mount pressure on militants, Ambassador Ryan Crocker told journalists after a meeting with Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor.

He said the Obama administration backed the Afghan government's stance on negotiations with Pakistani officials. "If Islamabad supports insurgents or allows them sanctuaries, this should stop."

Afghanistan and the US were discussing a strategic cooperation pact, which meant long-term cooperation, the diplomat added. America would continue helping the war-hit country in the fields of economy and security, he promised.

Governor Atta Mohammad Noor said they discussed security and economic development of the country, the strategic cooperation agreement and other issues of mutual interest.

Afghanistan still needed cooperation from the international fraternity, Noor said. They also conferred on rocket attacks from Pakistani and agreed on serious measures to prevent the incursions, he concluded.


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