US continues to be encouraged by Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace process

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Pakistan on June 2 and held discussions with Pakistani leadership on developments in the Afghan peace process.

US Embassy in Islamabad in a statement said Ambassador Khalilzad met Prime Minister Imran Khan, MFA Additional Secretary Aftab Khokher and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa.

Ambassador Khalilzad briefed Pakistani officials on the substantial progress made in talks over the last month and planned next steps.

He noted that the United States continues to be encouraged by the role Pakistan has played to advance the peace process and discussed additional positive steps that Pakistan can take and the importance of recent efforts for improving US-Pakistan relations, the statement added.

Ambassador Khalilzad and Pakistani officials also discussed the benefit of improved Pakistan-Afghanistan relations in reaching, implementing, and sustaining a durable peace.

Both countries will benefit from the increased regional connectivity, cooperation and integration that peace in Afghanistan offers. The United States stands ready to assist.

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