US wants Waziristan rebel hideouts destroyed
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Obama administration on Friday asked the Pakistan government to destroy militant hideouts in the tribal region of North Waziristan before the new Afghan president was installed.
US Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns conveyed the message at meetings with Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, a Pakistani news site reported.
DawnNews quoted sources privy to the meetings as saying that Burns had asked for the destruction of terrorist sanctuaries in Waziristan before the installation of the new political administration in Kabul.
During the meetings, the two sides discussed Pakistan-US bilateral relations and regional issues, including Afghanistan, said a Foreign Office spokesperson.
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson also attended the meeting between Burns and Tariq Fatemi, special assistant to the prime minister, the report added.
On Afghanistan, both sides agreed on the importance of deeper consultations between Pakistan and the US. Sartaj Aziz reiterated Pakistan’s support for the democratic process in Afghanistan. The post-2014 situation and matters relating to the Afghan reconciliation process also came up for discussion.
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