US envoy Khalilzad discusses ongoing Afghan peace process with Gen Qamar

Published: December 19, 2018
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Special envoy for Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in a meeting with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. PHOTO: ISPR

Special envoy for Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in a meeting with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. PHOTO: ISPR

US diplomat and the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the Department of State Zalmay Khalilzad on Wednesday discussed the ongoing peace process of the war-torn country with army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The development comes two days after Pakistan had arranged crucial peace talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – in a latest push to end the 17-year-long conflict in Afghanistan.

Representatives from Pakistan, the UAE and Saudi Arabia also attended the talks.

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Khalilzad, who called on the chief of army staff (COAS) at the general headquarters in Rawalpindi, also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for Afghan peace process.

General Qamar reiterated that peace in Afghanistan is important for Pakistan and assured continued efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region.

After attending the meetings in Abu Dhabi, Khalilzad took to the Twitter on Wednesday terming the high-level huddle “productive towards ending the Afghan conflict”.

He also praised the UAE government for hosting the peace talks.

In another tweet, the special US diplomat said that he updated the leadership in Pakistan about the Abu Dhabi meetings.

Earlier this month, the US envoy had also met Prime Minister Imran Khan and given US President Donald Trump’s message of seeking Pakistan’s support for a peaceful resolution to the Afghan conflict.

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