Hammond wants Kabul, Islamabad to jointly combat terror
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Islamabad is hopeful of the Afghan peace process starting in coming days despite Taliban’s refusal to talk to representatives of the government in Kabul, a top Pakistani diplomat said on Tuesday.
Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said: “Under the concept of shared responsibility, Pakistan, China and the US have to persuade the Taliban to join negotiations.”
At a joint news conference with visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at the Foreign Office in Islamabad, the advisor renewed Islamabad’s support for efforts to bring lasting stability to Afghanistan.
Hammond, who arrived in Islamabad from Kabul on a two-day official visit, saluted the Pakistani nation for its resilience and resolve against the scourge of terrorism. He hoped Pakistan would emerge safer and more stable.
During talks, both sides reviewed the security situation in Afghanistan, including the reconciliation process. “Terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan is a mutual problem which needs to be tackled jointly,”he remarked.
While noting a real trust deficit between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the visiting dignitary believed the gap could be bridged when Islamabad and Kabul took more effective steps against militants.
The British foreign secretary also met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Raheel Sharif. His itinerary also includes a visit to Lahore, where he will meet the Punjab chief minister and governor separately.
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