COAS, US commander discuss Afghan peace process
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – A United States (US) delegation headed by General Joseph L Votel, Commander US CENTCOM, on Sunday called on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), geo-strategic environment, regional security and Afghanistan peace and reconciliation process were discussed.
The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan Army’s efforts for regional peace and stability.
On the occasion, the COAS reiterated that peace in Afghanistan is vital for regional peace. “Pakistan despite constraints has contributed to all efforts for regional peace and would continue to do so,” he said.
On Jan 17, the US delegation headed by Special Representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, Commander Resolute Support Mission General Austin Scott Miller met COAS General Qamar Bajwa at the GHQ.
Pakistan, US reaffirm to advance Afghan peace process
Prime Minister has reiterated his government’s commitment to continue working with the US and other regional stakeholders to find a political settlement in Afghanistan.
Talking to senior United States Republican Senator Lindsey Graham who called on him in Islamabad on Sunday, he underscored the need for normalizing relations with all neighboring countries to unleash the potential of regional cooperation.
PM Khan stated that his economic team was constantly striving to evolve business friendly policies for potential investors which could be benefited by the US companies.
On the occasion senator Graham conveyed his appreciation of Pakistan’s positive role in the ongoing efforts to find a political settlement in Afghanistan.
He praised the prime minister’s vision to have advocated for a political solution to the Afghan conflict. The senator lauded the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to improve the economy, eliminate corruption and create jobs for the people of Pakistan.
He noted that Prime Minister’s efforts to normalize relations with neighboring countries are noteworthy. In view of the historical linkages between Pakistan and the US, the two sides agreed to deepen the bilateral economic ties particularly in the context of trade and investment cooperation.
The endorsement came during meetings of visiting US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and members of the diplomatic corps in Islamabad.
Ambassador Khalilzad highlighted that all countries in the region will benefit from peace in Afghanistan.