US, Pakistan discuss Afghan peace bid
The agreement came at meetings between Pakistani officials and a US delegation led by America’s Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan David D. Pearce.
The visiting team met Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to discuss ways working together to advance the Afghan-led reconciliation effort.
Pearce was assisted by Special Assistant to US President Lt Gen (R) Dagulas Lute, Principal Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Dr Peter Lavoy and Ambassador Richard Olson.
Focused on how to give a fresh impetus to the Afghan reconciliation bid, the meeting in Rawalpindi came at a time when tension is running high between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a diplomatic source said.
A statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed the two sides discussed efforts to seek a peaceful end to the Afghan conflict. The resumption of Taliban’s release also came up for discussion.
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