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Better Kabul-Islamabad ties vital for peace: Khalilzad

Better Kabul-Islamabad ties vital for peace: Khalilzad

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Feb 17, 2020 - 19:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): United States Special Representative for Afghanistaninfo-icon Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has emphasised on better ties between Islamabad and Kabul to achieve regional peace, according to a media report on Monday.

The US diplomat made the comments at an interactive session during the Refugees Summit in Islamabad co-sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Government of Pakistaninfo-icon to mark 40 years of hosting Afghan refugees in the country, the Express Tribune said.

Expressing his hope of a successful Afghan peace process, Khalilzad said reconciliation and modern thinking will pave way for the war-torn country.

“Afghanistan has been faced conflict for 40 years – dangerous one that continues to this day,” he reflected. He said the US was looking towards reducing violence, negotiations with the Afghan Talibaninfo-icon and internal reconciliation.

Khalilzad underscored moving away from “blame game”, adding that the situation at hand offered both challenges and opportunities. He said the peace talks between US and Afghan Taliban will pave way for reconciliation in the country.

The US representative stressed over improved ties between Islamabad and Kabul to ensure peace in the region. He pushed for better economic and trade ties between the two neighbours.

“Pakistan and Afghanistan cooperation will pave way for enhanced regional economic and trade.”

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