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Pakistan, US Reiterate Pledge to Work for Afghan Peace

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 ISLAMABAD, 05 January 2021, (TON): Pakistan and US on Monday reiterated their pledge to support each other in bringing peace to Afghanistan.

After a meeting between Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Amb Zalmay Khalilzad, ISPR said in a statement, “During the meeting matters of mutual interest including overall regional security situation with particular reference to ongoing Afghan reconciliation process were discussed.”

“Both reaffirmed the commitment towards the common goal of peace and stability in the region and agreed on continued engagement at multiple levels,” it added.

The meeting took place a day before the intra-Afghan talks are set to resume in Qatar’s capital Doha after a three-week recess. The two sides were negotiating the agenda of the talks when they went on the break.

Meanwhile, the Taliban accuse US forces of carrying out airstrikes against them in violation of the Feb 2020 agreement signed between them, which paved the way for the start of intra-Afghan dialogue and phased withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

Pakistan's extensive support has been acknowledged in reaching the US-Taliban agreement and the after-comings.

“The visiting dignitary acknowledged Pakistan’s ongoing efforts for enduring peace in Afghanistan and the region,” the ISPR said.

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