Sharif promises action against Hqaqqni network
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday assured US President Barack Obama that his government would take action against the Haqqani network and steps to ensure that the Taliban were unable to operate from his country’s soil.
During his meeting with Obama at the Oval Office of the White House, Sharif also assured the US that he would take steps towards Afghan-led reconciliation process and to bring the Taliban on the peace table.
Renewing their common resolve to promote peace and stability throughout the region and to counter all forms of extremism and terrorism, Obama and Sharif after their meeting expressed their commitment to advance an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban.
The two leaders called on Taliban leaders to enter into direct talks with Kabul and work toward a sustainable peace settlement.
Obama commended Pakistan for hosting and facilitating the first public talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in July 2015 and highlighted the opportunity presented by Pakistan’s willingness to facilitate a reconciliation process that would help end insurgent violence in Afghanistan, said a joint statement issued after the meeting of the two leaders.
Sharif reaffirmed that Pakistan’s territory will not be used against any other country and noted that “this is an obligation of all countries in the region.”
Both leaders affirmed that regional peace and stability required the prevention of attacks across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the joint statement said.
Sharif outlined the actions that Pakistan was taking under the National Action Plan to ensure that the Taliban, including the Haqqanis, were unable to operate from the soil of Pakistan.
They reaffirmed that coordinated management of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and orderly return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan are fundamental to enhancing security, the joint statement said.
After the meeting, the White House said Obama thanked Sharif for his efforts to engage Afghanistan and for supporting talks with the Taliban.
The president said the United States would continue to work with Pakistan and others to support an Afghan-led reconciliation process -- the only way to bring lasting stability and peace to Afghanistan and the region, the White House said.
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