Army Chief, US Secretary of State Discuss Afghan Peace Process On Call

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

14th Apr, 2021. 06:20 pm
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has on Wednesday held a telephonic conversation with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), “During the call matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including latest developments in Afghan Peace Process and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed.”

The army chief said that Pakistan will always support an “Afghan led-Afghan Owned” peace process based on the mutual consensus of all stakeholders.

Whereas, the US secretary of state also approved Pakistan’s continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region.

He also pledged to further enhance bilateral relations between both countries.

Earlier on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden, after reviewing the Afghan peace efforts had announced the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan by September 11, this year.

Biden has intended to pull US troops from Afghanistan by 11th September 2011, almost after 20 years.

The withdrawal would be based on security and human rights guarantees, sources added.

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are likely to brief the decision to NATO allies in Brussels.

Earlier in the day, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan called on COAS) Bajwa in Rawalpindi.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and measures to enhance bilateral cooperation were discussed, ISPR said.

COAS appreciated Japan’s contributions to peace and stability in the region. The visiting dignitary praised Pakistan’s role for stability in the region., added ISPR.

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