US envoy supports Pakistan’s ‘tireless efforts’ for Afghan peace The Express Tribune

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation Zalmay Khalizad summoned Army Chief General Javed Qamar Bajwa to the military headquarters in Rawalpindi and discussed the Afghan peace process.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement released on Monday, “There was a discussion on the state of regional security, the Afghan peace process for border management and the move forward for lasting peace in Afghanistan.”

This is Khalilzad’s second visit to Islamabad in about three weeks, highlighting the Trump administration’s urge for ongoing peace efforts.

It is believed that the US administration wants to see some success before the presidential election on November 3.

The media wing of the army said, “The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s tireless efforts to facilitate the process of mutual purpose for peace in the region.”

President Donald Trump had said that all American soldiers in Afghanistan should be “home by Christmas”. His National Security Advisor said that Washington would reduce its military to 2,500 in the war-torn country early next year.

The withdrawal of the army is part of a historic agreement signed between the US and the Afghan Taliban on 29 February. The Taliban were quick to welcome the US decision and vowed to implement the February 29 agreement.

In return for the withdrawal of troops, the Taliban vowed not to use Afghan soil again by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda

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