US To Get Pakistan’s Air, Ground Access Even After Pulling Out Troops From Afghanistan
A Pentagon official says Pakistan has allowed the US military to use its airspace and given ground access to ensure its presence in Afghanistan.
Assistant Secretary of Defence for Indo-Pacific Affairs, David F. Helvey, told the US Senate Armed Services Committee last week that the United States would continue its talks with Pakistan because it has a key role to play in restoring peace in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon official was responding to a question from Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who asked him, “What are your assessments of Pakistan, especially its intelligence agencies? and the role you expect them to play in our future.”
“Pakistan has played a key role in Afghanistan, supporting the Afghan peace process, allowing us to use its airspace and maintaining ground access to maintain our military presence in Afghanistan,” said David F. Halvey.
“We will continue our dialogue with Pakistan to support and play a role in Afghanistan’s future and for peace in Afghanistan,” he said.
Diplomatic sources in Washington told one of the Pakistani newspapers that Pakistan has always given the United States to use its airspace and land access to maintain its military presence in Afghanistan and would continue to do so.
Last month, US President Joe Biden announced plans to withdraw all US and NATO forces from Afghanistan by September 11 this year.
The United States and the Taliban signed an agreement on February 29 last year to end the Afghan war and withdraw US troops after the longest US war.
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