Biden, Ghani, Sharif discuss renewed Afghan peace bid
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Vice President Joe Biden, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a tri-lateral meeting in Davos and discussed the recent push to jumpstart the Afghan peace talks in Davos, the White House said on Thursday.
Biden offered condolences for the loss of life from recent terrorist attacks in both Afghanitan and Pakistan and commended both the leaders for their diplomatic efforts to advance peace, said a statement issued by his spokesman.
During the meeting, Biden reaffirmed US support for reconciliation and improved bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan and called them important pillars of regional stability.
“The Vice President encouraged both leaders to remain committed to a credible peace process reinforced by tangible steps to reduce violence, eliminate militant safe havens, and promote bilateral cooperation,” the White House said.
The Afghan delegation included Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance, Dr. Mohammed Qayuomi, Chief Advisor to the President; Nader Nadery, Chief Advisor to the President and Hila Alam, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Afghanistan to the United States.
The Pakistan delegation comprised of Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance; Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister; Tehmina Janjua, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva; Fawad Hassan Fawad, Secretary to the Prime Minister and Brig Akmal Aziz, Military Secretary to the Prime Minister.
In addition to Biden, the US side was represented by Richard Olson, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, T.H. Colin Kahl, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President, Kate Bedingfield, Director of Communications, Office of the Vice President and Mustafa Popal, Special Advisor to the Vice President for Central and South Asia.
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