Dismantle terror safe havens, US tells Pakistan
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Addressing one of Afghanistan’s long-pending concerns, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Sunday urged Pakistan to intensify efforts against terrorist safe havens on its soil.
During her meetings with top Pakistani leaders including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif in Islamabad, she praised their role in the peace talks with the Taliban.
The White House said in a statement Rice urged Pakistan to intensify its efforts to counter terrorist sanctuaries inside its borders in order to promote regional peace and stability.
Ned Price, the National Security Council spokesman, quoted her as telling her interlocutors how the United States and Pakistan could continue to work together on a range of regional and global issues.
“Rice commended Pakistan’s support for recent talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, underscored the US commitment to an Afghan-led peace process,” Price said.
“Rice extended an invitation to Prime Minister Sharif on behalf of President Obama to visit the White House on October 22, 2015, to further strengthen the US-Pakistani relationship,” she added.
Meeting with civil society leaders, Rice commended their work in support of human rights, development, and civil liberties in Pakistan and affirmed continued strong US support for their invaluable efforts, he said in a statement.
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