Pakistan lends support to US on Afghan peace process ahead of Doha talks

Pakistan Forward

ISLAMABAD -- US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited Pakistan Monday-Tuesday (April 29-30) for talks with Pakistani civil and military officials, including Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, on the Afghan peace process, according to a statement Tuesday by the US embassy in Islamabad.

"Ambassador Khalilzad requested and received support for the need to accelerate intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations as well as a reduction in violence," the US embassy added.

Khalilzad also spoke with Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood.

The ambassador was accompanied by Alice Wells, senior official for the US State Department Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, according to Dawn.

Khalilzad appreciated "Prime Minister [Imran] Khan’s recent remarks in support of the peace process and broader vision for stability and prosperity in the region", the embassy added in its statement.

The US delegation visit to Pakistan came ahead of talks between Khalilzad and Afghan Taliban officials scheduled to resume Wednesday in Doha, Qatar, in a bid to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.

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