We want broad-based relations with US for shared objective of regional peace: FO

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13th Aug, 2021. 02:04 pm
Zahid Hafeez

Pakistan has said that it considers the United States a friend and wants broad-based relations with it to achieve the shared objective of peace and prosperity in the region and beyond.

At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Friday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Pakistan and the United States have a history of close cooperative relations which has served the interests of both the countries.

He pointed out that both the countries have convergence of views and interests on a number of key issues including the ongoing Afghan Peace Process.

“We both believe that there’s no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and we both want to see peace in Afghanistan,” he added.

He said both Pakistan and the United States support an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan through a process that is owned and led by Afghan themselves.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram rejected Afghan and US allegations of Pakistani support to the Taliban fighters making rapid advances across Afghanistan, saying that those claims were emanating from the “people in Kabul” trying to explain their national forces’ failure to resist the insurgents.

“There is no support from Pakistan,” he categorically told BBC’s World Service in an online interview conducted from London.

“If anybody wishes, they should come and look at the fact that 97 per cent of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been fully fenced by Pakistan”, Ambassador Akram said, adding that there were also no safe havens in Pakistan.

“The only (safe) havens we have are the havens for the 3 million Afghan refugees, who still remain in Pakistan,” he added.

Pakistan, he said, had given every possible assistance to the Afghan parties and facilitated the peace negotiations.

Asked if he was not worried that the United States could potentially join the campaign for sanctions on Pakistan, the Pakistani envoy said, “On the contrary, if you see the statement that President (Joe) Biden has made only yesterday (that) it is up to the Afghan leadership to motivate his own forces to fight against the Taliban.”

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