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US, Pakistan Top Officials Talk Afghan Peace Process

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KABUL: Top Pakistan security official has reiterated Islamabad’s commitment to supporting the peace process in Afghanistan.

Pakistan Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa renewed Pakistan’s promise at a meeting with US CENTCOM Commander Gen Kenneth F. McKenzie in Rawalpindi the other day.

“Pakistan remains committed to efforts for peace in Afghanistan as it is important for peace in Pakistan as well,” Gen. Bajwa told McKenzie.

In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said matters of mutual interest and the regional security situation, with particular reference to the Afghan reconciliation process, were discussed.

The commanders agreed on the need for a political resolution of the Afghan conflict. “The visiting dignitary acknowledged Pakistan’s commendable efforts in the fight against terrorism,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Central Command said closer coordination in a multilateral approach to regional maritime security, especially in the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, was also discussed.

A CENTCOM quoted McKenzie as saying: “We are committed to exploring new areas for collaboration in order to maintain security, stability and prosperity within the region,”

This is as the Russian President’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov visited Pakistan on Firdiay and held a talk with Gen. Bajwa on the latest developments in the Afghan peace process.

Mr. Bajwa termed peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan as the greater interest of the region.

In return, Kabulov has praised the role of Pakistan being played in promoting the Afghan peace process.

Also, Pakistan Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi has voiced Pakistan’s support for Russian efforts to advance peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

“The foreign minister underlined the importance of regional consultations and appreciated the role of Four-Party Talks in support of the Afghan peace process,” the country’s Foreign Office said in a statement.

Probably, Russia is planning to convene a meeting involving China, Pakistan, Iran and the United States in the coming future on how to put back the Afghan peace process on truck and help Afghans in their quest for peace through a negotiated settlement.

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