Khalilzad concludes Pakistan visit, stresses political settlement in Afghanistan

PESHAWAR: The United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad completed his visit to Pakistan on Wednesday to follow up on discussions held in October.

According to a press release of the US embassy in Islamabad, Special Representative Khalilzad met with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and members of the diplomatic corps in Islamabad.

In his meetings, Ambassador Khalilzad stressed the United States’ commitment to facilitating a political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban that ensures Afghanistan never again serves as a platform for international terrorism and ends the 40-years-long war in the country, and he highlighted that all countries in the region will benefit from peace in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan during meeting with Khalilzad reiterated Pakistan’s abiding interest in achieving lasting peace and reconciliation in war-torn Afghanistan through a political settlement. The prime minister also emphasised the importance of boosting regular bilateral engagement in priority areas.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi had also assured Khalilzad that Pakistan will cooperate for political settlement in Afghanistan.