ISLAMABAD: – US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad today (August 2) said that valid bilateral assurance would have to be made to ensure lasting peace efforts in the region.
US Embassy issued a statement regarding Zalmay Khalilzad’s visit to Pakistan, it stated that US peace envoy discussed the progress on Afghan reconciliation process with Pakistani leadership in his visit on August 1 and 2.
The statement said that Zalmay Khalilzad also met Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and informed them about the positive progress in the Afghan peace process.
According to a statement issued by the US Embassy, the US envoy also spoke to Pakistani leadership on the future strategy for Afghan peace process. The meetings also focused on Pakistan‘s cooperation in the peace process and on the positive steps that need to be taken ahead.
He advised Pakistan and Afghanistan not to use their own land against each other. Bilateral assurances will facilitate reconciliation for Afghan side. “The Afghan Comprehensive Peace Agreement will help in regional economic stability, coordination and development”, he added.
On August 1, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Islamabad on an important visit to brief Pakistani leadership about the progress with the Taliban.
US peace envoy went to the Foreign Ministry shortly after landing in Islamabad where he met the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Zalmay Khalilzad will leave for Qatar after completing his visit to Pakistan.