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US, Pakistan to aid Afghanistan peace bid

US, Pakistan to aid Afghanistan peace bid

Aug 08, 2020 - 13:33

PESHAWAR: (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have discussed Islamabad’s role in promoting peace in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Pompeo tweeted: “Productive call with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi about continued cooperation on Afghan peace and the importance of supporting regional stability.”

A statement issued by the State Department said the two sides discussed a range of issues, including “the importance of the US-Pakistaninfo-icon cooperation on the Afghan peace process and the importance of efforts to support regional stability.

In another statement, Pompeo asked the Loya Jirgainfo-icon to take advantage of the historic opportunity for peace as it would benefit all Afghans and would contribute to regional stability and global security.

He welcomed the move to expeditiously release the remaining Talibaninfo-icon prisoners, which he said was the last obstacle to begin intra-Afghan peace parleys.

 “We acknowledge that the release of these prisoners is unpopular. But this difficult action will lead to an important result long sought by Afghans and Afghanistan’s friends,” the US diplomat remarked.

He hoped the move would lead to “reduction of violence and direct talks resulting in a peace agreement and an end to the war.”

 At the same time, the secretary explained, they remained committed to reducing the burden on US taxpayer and the risk to the American troops.

Even after a military pullout, he said, the US would continue to provide security assistance to Afghanistan. The US would also support projects seeking to connect Central Asia with South Asia through Afghanistan, he promised.

In Islamabad, the Foreign Office quoted Qureshi as stressing the importance of the Pakistan-US relationship.

He said leaders of both countries were committed to further strengthening their ties. Pakistan would be a partner for peace with the US, he assured.




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