Trust buildng to improve Kabul-Islamabad ties: Olson
KABUL (Pajhwok): United States special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Olson on Sunday urged the two countries to adopt confidence-building measures (CBMs) for improvement in their relations.
Ambassador Olson was addressing a press conference after arriving in Kabul on his maiden visit. He said President Barack Obama’s decision to keep some troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016 showed Washington’s commitment to a long-term cooperation and assistance with Kabul.
Referring to next week’s Heart of Asia – Istanbul process foreign ministerial meeting in Islamabad, the US special envoy said the conference would help boost regional cooperation.
He said the Islamabad conference was a good chance for Afghanistan to benefit from in attracting regional cooperation.
Olson hoped the Islamabad conference would prove beneficial for stability and peace in Afghanistan and the region.
About the Afghan peace process, he said the US supported an Afghan-led reconciliation process. He also praised President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Pakistan after his inauguration last year and his efforts at improving ties with the neighboring country.
The special representative urged Afghanistan and Pakistan to jointly work for peace and stability and security of the joint border and for creating an environment of trust between them.
Olson called as positive development the meeting between President Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Paris.
When asked about reports about the killing or injuring of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the ambassador said they had also heard the reports, but did not comment further. For peace and stability in the region, Olson said it was crucial to end the violence.
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