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Conducive environment for revival of peace talks stressed

Conducive environment for revival of peace talks stressed

Nov 17, 2015 - 12:14

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Pakistaninfo-icon army chief has underlined the need for an enabling environmentinfo-icon in the region for reviving the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process

Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif issued the call during his meeting with CIA head John Brennan in Washington on Monday, Pakistan’s military spokesman tweeted.

The two sides conferred on security challenges facing the region and the way forward to confront them, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa said.

In a series of tweets, Bajwa said opportunities presented for the future of enduring regional peace came under discussion. The CIA chief commended Pakistan's efforts for the Afghan reconciliation process.

On a five-day trip to Washington, Gen. Raheel visited the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley for talks with Brennan.

The CIA chief acknowledged the accomplishments of the counter-terrorism offensive, codenamed Zarb-i-Azb, and the positive impact it has had on the security calculus.

A day earlier, the Department of Defence said Washington was grateful that the COAS was visiting the US for consultations on bilateral issues, Dawn newspaper reported.

The visit comes weeks after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met US President Barack Obama at the Oval Office to discuss a wide range of issues, including Afghan peace talks.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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