US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad Dicusses Afghan Peace Efforts with General Bajawa

According to a statement, tweeted by the Inter-Services Public Relations chief, “visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for the Afghan peace process.”

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On Wednesday, The United States exceptional envoy Zalmay Khalilzad tasked with finding a negotiated end of Afghanistan’s 17 years old war ; called on Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to deliberate the regional security and the peace initiative in Afghanistan; the military’s spokesperson said.

According to a statement, tweeted by the Inter-Services Public Relations chief, “visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for the Afghan peace process.”

The army chief repeated that “peace in Afghanistan is important for Pakistan” and assured that continuous efforts would be carried out “for bringing peace and stability in the region”.

Earlier this week, Washington had welcomed Pakistan’s efforts to promote the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

The byline came a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Pakistan had decided another round of talks between the US and Taliban officials but he did not say when and where.

The United States welcomes any actions by the Pakistani government to promote greater cooperation including fostering negotiations between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the other Afghans,” a US embassy’s spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Prime Minister Khan had also highlighted Pakistan’s “abiding interest” in attaining lasting peace and reconciliation in war torn Afghanistan through a political settlement.

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