AT Kabul: Thomas West, the United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan, has initiated a diplomatic tour encompassing Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. The trip, announced through social media on December 6th, is scheduled to continue until the fifteenth of the month.
The primary objective of Mr. West’s visit is to engage in comprehensive discussions covering political, security, economic, and humanitarian issues with representatives from these four countries. The U.S. Special Representative aims to meet key partners to deliberate on shared security interests, refugee protection and resettlement, humanitarian needs, human rights, and economic matters.
This trip builds upon West’s previous travels to various countries, reflecting a commitment to understanding and addressing the evolving situation in Afghanistan. The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs had earlier confirmed the visit of three senior U.S. officials, including Thomas West, to the country. During this visit, discussions will encompass the overall situation in Afghanistan, with a particular emphasis on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations.
The diplomatic tour by Mr. West underscores the significance of regional cooperation and dialogue in addressing the complex challenges faced by Afghanistan and its neighboring nations. This engagement is crucial for fostering stability, security, and collaborative efforts in the region.