US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke over the phone with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the two leaders addressed the Afghan peace process and regional stability, his spokesman said Friday.
Cale Brown, State Department”s Principal Deputy Spokesperson said,
“Secretary Pompeo and Minister Qureshi discussed a range of issues, including the importance of US-Pakistan cooperation on the Afghan peace process and the importance of efforts to support regional stability.”
Pompeo’s telephone conversations with Qureshi came one day after the Secretary of State talked with Minister of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar and discussed a variety of issues.
The two leaders spoke over the phone on Thursday and affirmed the importance of the Indian-US alliance in promoting stability, development, and security in the Indo-Pacific region and around the globe, Brown said on Thursday.
During the phone call, Jaishankar and Pompeo discussed ongoing bilateral and multilateral cooperation on international issues, including efforts to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, support the peace process in Afghanistan, and resolve the region ‘s recent destabilizing actions, Brown said in a telephone conversation reading.
The talks between Pompeo and Qureshi also follow after Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, traveled to Qatar, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan in June as part of his ongoing attempt to bring peace to the war-torn region.
The Taliban has sustained aggression against the forces of the Afghan Government.
An agreement signed in Doha in February between the US and the Taliban drafted plans to remove American troops from Afghanistan in return for the insurgent group’s security assurances.
Within 14 months the US has committed to withdrawing its 12,000 troops as part of the Doha deal. According to a recent report about Afghanistan published by the Congressional Research Service, troops have since been reduced by over a quarter.