US envoy Khalilzad holds talks with Pakistani officials at FO

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ISLAMABAD: US Special Representative for reconciliation in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad Thursday held a meeting with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua at the Foreign Office.
US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Islamabad earlier on Thursday to hold delegation-level talks.
According to Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal, during the meeting today, the US envoy discussed progress on Afghan peace process and reviewed developments after the Abu Dhabi rounds of talks.
Ambassador Khalilzad was accompanied by an inter-agency delegation representing Departments of Defence, State and National Security Council while the Foreign Secretary was assisted by senior officials from Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence.
Ambassador Khalilzad lauded Pakistan’s efforts in facilitating direct talks between Taliban and the US in Abu Dhabi last month.
Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate Afghan reconciliation process to realize the shared goal of peace and stability in the region.
She said it is noted that taking the Afghan peace process forward remains a shared responsibility.
Both sides agreed that ultimately the intra-Afghan dialogue would be vital to agree upon the contours of a future Afghan policy so that the country becomes stable and prosperous and at peace with its neighbors. Ambassador Khalilzad will also call on Foreign Minister tomorrow.
The US envoy was initially scheduled to arrive in the federal capital on Tuesday. However, the visit was rescheduled after Khalilzad was said to be engaged in meetings in Kabul.

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