Japan backs Pakistan's desire to see peace in Afghanistan

Published: December 5, 2018
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National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan Kentaro Sonoura lent his support to Islamabad wanting to see political reconciliation in Afghanistan in a meeting with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. PHOTO: ISPR

National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan Kentaro Sonoura lent his support to Islamabad wanting to see political reconciliation in Afghanistan in a meeting with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa. PHOTO: ISPR

The same day Pakistan assured all-out support to the US for a negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict, Japan on Wednesday lent its support to Islamabad in wanting to see political reconciliation in the war-torn country.

The development comes during meeting between National Security Adviser to Prime Minister of Japan Kentaro Sonoura and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who had called on him at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

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“Matters of mutual interest including bilateral security cooperation and overall regional situation were discussed in the meeting,” a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

On Tuesday, US diplomat and Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the Department of State Zalmay Khalilzad reiterated President Donald Trump’s message of seeking Pakistan’s support for a peaceful resolution to the Afghan conflict.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan had met Khalilzad in the federal capital where the latter relayed Trump’s message and said Washington wants Islamabad’s support in seeking for a peaceful and political resolution in Afghanistan.

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