Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

Kerry, Sharif talk Afghan peace, rebel bases

Kerry, Sharif talk Afghan peace, rebel bases

Aug 01, 2013 - 12:01

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): US Secretary of State Senator John Kerry on Thursday held talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his national security advisor on bilateral relations and regional issues, including Afghanistaninfo-icon.

A US delegation led by Kerry, who arrived on a three-day visit in Islamabad on Wednesday night, met separately with Sharif and with a team headed by Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz at the Foreign Office here.

He is scheduled to meet the Pakistaninfo-icon president and army chief on how to address the ticklish question of CIA-operated drone strikes in the tribal region near the Durand Lineinfo-icon, the war in Afghanistan and the fight against extremism.

A Foreign Office source said the delegation-level discussions focused on the fight against militancy, US-Pakistan strategic relations and drone attacks. Matters pertaining to the resumption of strategic ties between the two countries and stabilising Afghanistan also figured prominently.

Before going into the meetings, Kerry commended the elections, marking the first time that an elected civilian government completed a full term in office. "This is a historic transition that just took place. Nobody should diminish it," he told US embassy staff.

Peace talks with the Talibaninfo-icon and the continued presence of terrorist safe havens were on top of the secretary's agenda for meetings with Sharif and army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, a senior Obama administration official said.

Pakistan had an important role to play in Afghanistan, acknowledged the official, who praised the efforts of the new civilian government and the army in seeking to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table.

He urged all parties to come to the table, and recognising that a secure Afghanistan was in the long-term interest of a stable Pakistan. "So that's certainly one of the key parts of our ongoing conversation," said the official travelling with Kerry.

"But we don't expect anything specifically on a Doha office coming out of this trip, and there's been no further movement since last time we briefed on where that process stands,” the official said. 

Also on the table is the issues of cross-border militancy and safe havens for extremist groups on Pakistan's soil, according to the source, who said the sanctuaries threatened the interests of the US and its allies in the region.



Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment


Twitter Update