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Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua presses U.S. for reconciliation in Afghanistan

nsnbc : Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Saturday, during her two-day visit to Washington, stressed the need for restarting the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan.

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, archives, 2018Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua held two high-level meetings at the White House and the State Department respectively during her visit to Washington on Friday. “The meetings went off very well. There’s a sense of positivity that they want to strengthen their relationship with Pakistan,” Janjua was quoted by the Dawn, as saying.

“There was also a great deal of focus on peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and, both sides welcomed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent peace offer to the Taliban,” said Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary, who attended both meetings.

Gen. Joseph L. Votel, who heads the US Central Command was included in the US team for the talks. Votel’s inclusion in the White House team was supported by Pakistan, reportedly because he has always strongly advocated maintaining a strong relationship with Pakistan.

“They do realise Pakistan’s importance, repeatedly said it, and stressed it yesterday too,” said Janjua when asked if Gen Votel was the only US official who considered Pakistan an important ally.

The Pakistani Foreign Secretary pointed out that she had come to Washington on a “reach-out” visit, but when US officials learned about it they arranged high-level meetings, reflecting the fact that Washington continued to value this important relationship. “We told them that this is a long-term relationship, which needs a structured dialogue process,” Janjua said.

Janjua further pointed out at ‘many actors’ in Afghanistan and suggested that they might not be completely in support of Islamabad reconciliation efforts. “We can only play a facilitative role, she added. The last US-Pakistan strategic ministerial process was held in Washington in February 2016.

F/AK – nsnbc 12.03.2018

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