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Khalilzad advises Islamabad to change policy on Afghanistan

April 5, 2019
 

Photo: ISPR

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the GHQ on Friday.

According to the ISPR, the army chief and Khalilzad discussed the security situation in the region and the Afghan peace process.

The US special representative appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for peace in the region.

Khalilzad, who has been trying to reach a peace deal with Taliban to end the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan, reached Pakistan Friday morning.

He also met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and briefed him on discussions with prominent Afghan leaders on his recent trip to Kabul.

“Pakistan wishes well for peace and stability in Afghanistan which would directly benefit Pakistan’s own vision for economic and human development,” Qureshi told Khalilzad.

Photo credit: Foreign office

Before leaving for Pakistan, Khalilzad spoke with youth from Bamiyan, Jawzjan and Parwan provinces in a video conference.

According to Afghan Tolo News, Khalilzad advised Pakistan to change its policy towards Afghanistan; otherwise, “Islamabad and Washington’s ties will not improve.”

“We support this and are seeking that an agreement be reached between Afghanistan and Pakistan that can result in peace and (can stop) the interference Pakistan has made in Afghanistan and I have been a witness of their (Pakistani’s) negative activities,” Tolo News quoted Khalilzad as saying.

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