US Embassy in Islamabad released statement over visit of top envoy Zalmay Khalilzad
*ISLAMABAD - **United States Embassy in Islamabad released statement over visit of top envoy on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.*
*The consolidation of peace in Afghanistan will require “reliable assurances” from Kabul and Islamabad that neither side’s territory is used to threaten the other’s, the US Embassy in Pakistan said in a statement Friday.*
The statement by the US embassy came as US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad completed his two-day visit to Islamabad.
The US special envoy held meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Ambassador Khalilzad held discussions with Pakistani leadership on developments in the Afghan peace process, according to the statement. He outlined the positive momentum in the Afghan peace process and next steps.
They also discussed the role Pakistan has played in support of the process and “additional positive steps Pakistan can take”, it said.
“As Ambassador Khalilzad discussed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, consolidating peace will require reliable assurances from Afghanistan and Pakistan that neither side’s territory is used to threaten the other’s,” the embassy said further in its statement.
“Such assurances on top of an intra-Afghan comprehensive peace agreement will allow for increased regional economic integration, connectivity, and development.”