US envoy Khalilzad calls on FM Qureshi


ISLAMABAD: United States (US) Special Envoy for Afghan Reconciliation Process Zalmay Khalilzad called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Friday, ARY News reported.

In the meeting, they discussed regional security issues and the Afghan reconciliation process.

“He [Envoy Khalilzad] briefed FM Qureshi on his recent engagements in the region for Afghan peace and reconciliation process. The FM assured Amb Khalizad of Pakistan’s support for the peace process,” tweeted Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal.

Speaking on the occasion, the foreign minister reiterated that Pakistan would continue making efforts for peace in the region. “The reconciliation process to bring peace in Afghanistan is our mutual responsibility.”

Khalilzad appreciated Pakistan’s role in facilitating talks between the US and Afghan Taliban. He said Washington valued Islamabad from the Afghan peace perspective.

Earlier, on Jan 17, a US delegation headed by the special envoy and Commander Resolute Support Mission General Austin Scott Miller called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

According to a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) the meeting discussed regional security environment and Afghan peace and reconciliation process.

The US delegation appreciated Pakistan’s resolve towards Afghan peace process for bringing peace and stability in the region.

On the occasion, General Qamar Javed Bajwa reiterated that peace in Afghanistan is important for Pakistan and assured continued efforts for enduring peace and stability in the region.

The meeting was attended by, Deputy Assistant to US President Ms Lisa Curtis and the senior director for South and Central Asia and US charge d’ affairs to Pakistan were also present.

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