PM Imran, Erdogan Discuss US Troops’ Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

16th Apr, 2021. 12:50 am
PM Erdogan discuss Afghan Peace Process

Prime Minister Imran Khan received a telephone call from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Both the leaders discussed matters related to mutual interest including Afghan Peace Process, further strengthening relations and transforming bilateral relations into economic partnership.

The Prime Minister appreciated Turkey’s role and stressed the need for an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement in Afghanistan.

PM Imran further highlighted Pakistan’s role in facilitating the US-Taliban Peace Agreement.

Furthermore, The premier and Erdogan also exchanged felicitations on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan

Earlier on Thursday, Mrs Angela Ageler, US Charge d’ Affairs to Pakistan called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

According to the Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), during the meeting, matters of mutual interest and overall regional security situation including recent developments in the Afghan Peace Process were discussed in detail.

COAS welcomed President Biden’s announcement of the withdrawal of US forces from Afganistan by September 2021.

He further reiterated that a prosperous, stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan in particular and the region in general. COAS also hoped for greater Pak-US bilateral cooperation in all domains in future.

The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s sincere efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region, especially the Afghan Peace Process and also assured of US continued assistance for the common cause of peace in Afghanistan.

It is pertinent to mention here that US President Joe Biden has decided to pull US troops from Afghanistan by 11th September 2011, almost after 20 years.

According to sources, the withdrawal would be based on security and human rights guarantees.

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. The US President will also announce his decision publicly, the sources added.

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