US envoy briefs FM, COAS on Taliban talks

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By Umbreen Turk
ISLAMABAD: US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here on Friday and discussed the matters relating to Afghan peace process.
In a meeting that took place here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Khalilzad updated the Foreign Minister about the recent delegation-level talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban.
Foreign Minister Qureshi said Pakistan always maintained a stance that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict.
He said regional peace was linked with improved security situation in Afghanistan and assured Ambassador Khalilzad that Pakistan would continue to play its reconciliatory role with sincerity. Ambassador Khalilzad appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for restoration of peace in Afghanistan.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday lauded Pakistan’s role for enduring peace in Afghanistan.
Zalmay Khalilzad visited foreign office to meet Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, here today. During the meeting matters related to mutual interest including Afghan peace process were discussed.
Speaking on the occasion, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, Pakistan firmly believes that Afghanistan issue cannot be resolve through force. “The only solution is table talks.”
Pinning hope for the revival of the US-Afghan Taliban peace talks, FM Qureshi said peace of the region is connected with peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan will continue to play its positive role for peace and stability in Afghanistan, he continued.
The visiting US Envoy
Zalmay Khalilzad apprised the foreign minister about his recent delegation level talks with the Afghan Taliban. He also appreciated Pakistan’s role for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Earlier on December 6, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had reiterated assurance that Pakistan will continue playing its reconciliatory role for peace in Afghanistan.
Talking to US Chargé D’ Affaires in Pakistan Paul W. Jones in Islamabad, he had said the progress and development of the entire region directly hinges upon the peace in the neighbouring country. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday called on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ in Rawalpindi.
In a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), US Ambassador to Pakistan Paul W Jones was also present in the meeting.