US & Pakistan,Peace in Afghanistan

Pakistan, US agree to ‘reset’ bilateral relations, says Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Wednesday that the disconnect between Pakistan and the United States of America was addressed in the meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as both sides agreed to ‘reset’ their bilateral relations.

A meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was held at the PM House in Islamabad. The meeting also had Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI Director General in presence.

Qureshi said that the next round of negotiations between the respective authorities will be held in Washington DC, in a press conference held at the Foreign Office to brief journalists over meeting between Pakistan-US authorities.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday called for the political solution to the Afghan issue and the two sides agreed that “present conditions in Afghanistan were conducive to intensifying efforts for a political settlement,” according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry here.

Pompeo, accompanied by U.S. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford and Zalmay Khalilzad, the newly appointed U.S. advisor to Afghanistan, arrived here Wednesday and also held talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

“Both sides underscored the need for the Taliban to seize the opportunity for talks in response to (Afghan) President Ashraf Ghani’s offer for an unconditional dialogue,” the statement said.

The Pakistani foreign minister told a press conference after their meeting that his country would help in the peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan for Pakistan’s interests and he added that he would make his first foreign visit to Afghanistan.

Qureshi said that he had noted during the talks that the U.S. has created space for “direct talks with the Taliban as the U.S. does not want unnecessary footprint in Afghanistan,” adding that, however, Washington can not give a time-frame about the withdrawal of the troops in view of the situation in Afghanistan.

In the meeting with the U.S. secretary, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan “shared Pakistan’s perspective on the situation in the region and reiterated its desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

Pompeo also emphasized “the important role Pakistan could play in bringing about a negotiated peace in Afghanistan,” a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said.

US wants Pakistan to play its role to bring Taliban on negotiation table. The peace and stability in Afghanistan is in the best interest of both Pakistan and the US Emphasizing that PakistanAfghanistan shared common history and deep relations.

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