NSA discusses Afghan situation with US counterpart

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30th Jul, 2021. 02:49 pm
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National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf on Thursday met his US counterpart Jake Suvillian to discuss the urgent need for a reduction in violence in Afghanistan and a negotiated political settlement to the conflict.

Yusuf left for the crucial US visit on July 26 as part of the efforts by Pakistan to reset the fragile relationship with Washington. DG ISI Lt Gen Faiz Hameed is also accompanying the NSA during the official trip.

This was the NSAs’ second meeting after Geneva in May.

“Had a positive follow-up meeting with NSA Jake Sullivan today in Washington. Took stock of progress made since our Geneva meeting and discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest,” the NSA said in a tweet.

He also said both sides have agreed to sustain the momentum in Pak-US bilateral cooperation.

In a similar tweet, Sullivan said that both the sides agreed to consult on regional connectivity and security, and other areas of mutual cooperation.

“We discussed the urgent need for a reduction in violence in Afghanistan and a negotiated political settlement to the conflict,” he added.

In a recent interview, deeming negotiated settlement to be the only solution for the Afghan conflict, Prime Minister Imran Khan had remarked that the “US has really messed it up in Afghanistan”.

In an interview with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) ‘Newshour’ on Tuesday, a primetime television programme, the premier emphasised that the best choice was a negotiated political settlement to the long-running conflict in Afghanistan, saying Pakistan would remain helpful in the peace process.

He had said that the best outcome was that the Taliban sit down with the other side and form an inclusive government because the military solution had already failed.

Prime Minister Khan had reiterated that after suffering huge human and material losses while participating in the US war against terrorism Pakistan wants to be partners in peace, but not in conflict.

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