Biden, Raheel stress Afghan talks resumed soon
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The visiting Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday met US Vice-President Joe Biden at the White House and the two leaders discussed among other issues the security situation in Afghanistan.
Biden’s meeting with General Sharif followed his October 22 breakfast in Washington with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the White House said.
“The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ interest in building a strong partnership with Pakistan that addresses our shared counterterrorism, economic and regional security concerns,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting.
Biden, according to the White House, thanked General Sharif for his steadfast support to counterterrorism cooperation with the United States.
He underscored the importance of expanding efforts to help further strengthen regional security.
“Both leaders reaffirmed their strong commitment to peace in Afghanistan and the important role that the United States and Pakistan can play to support a reinvigorated reconciliation process in coordination with Afghanistan,” the White House said.
In a series of tweets, Pakistan’s Inter–Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director-General ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa, said Gen Sharif and Biden stressed early resumption of reconciliation process with the Taliban to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan, which they argued “is critical to peace and stability in the region.”
Acknowledging Pakistan's crucial role for peace, Biden recognised Pakistan's immense sacrifices both in terms of human lives and economic losses.
He reiterated American’s firm commitment to working closely with Pakistan in all areas of mutual interest, deepening, expanding cooperation to counter new and emerging threats, Bajwa said.
General Sharif gave a Pakistani perspective of security and stability in the region, which he emphasized needed to be understood, his spokesman said.
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