Islamabad: US diplomats have held meetings with Pakistani civil and military officials to discuss the Afghan peace process, the US Mission in Pakistan said on Tuesday.
According to Dawn, the delegation from Washington comprised US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells. They held talks with Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa during their two-day visit to Pakistan.
According to the US mission, Khalilzad sought and received Islamabad’s affirmation to expedite the Afghan peace process. He also praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent statement in support of the peace talks.
The US diplomat was assured of Pakistan’s commitment to upholding regional peace. He was informed that intra-Afghan peace process forms an important part of Islamabad’s effort for a comprehensive settlement in the region.
In response, Ambassador Khalilzad stressed the need to put an end to the decades-long war in Afghanistan for bringing peace and stability in the country. He said that peace in Afghanistan would facilitate regional economic integration. “Such integration contributes to advancing PM Khan’s vision for a development-centric transformation of Pakistan,” he added.