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US honors “collective sacrifices” in Afghan peace talks

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KABUL: The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who addressed the NATO’s Foreign Ministers meeting in Washington D.C., said that in the Afghan peace talks they will make sure that the United States will never be threatened from Afghanistan’s soil and the sacrifices of the past 18 years are not “wasted”.

“For nearly 18 years, NATO allies and partners have fought terrorism in Afghanistan. We’ve trained and advised and assisted the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. I updated our NATO counterparts on the work of Ambassador Khalilzad and his diplomatic undertaking that he is executing at my direction,” he said. “The United States will ensure that our collective sacrifices are not wasted and that terrorists can never again threaten us from Afghanistan’s soil.”

This comes as US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is currently in his tour to regional countries and beyond to find a logical end to the Afghan conflict.

He just left Kabul to Pakistan after discussions with President Ashraf Ghani and other ranking officials including political parties, influential figures and other Afghans from different walk of society in a bid to take them all on board toward peace process.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry says in a statement that Ambassador Khalilzad briefed the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the outcome of Doha talks and his recent engagements in the region.

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