Afghanistan Peace News
ISLAMABAD: Conveying Pakistan’s concerns over the deteriorating security
situation in Afghanistan, the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs,
Sartaj Aziz, Monday reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to work with the
international community to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in
According to a foreign office statement, issued here, he said during an official
talks with the US National Security Advisor, Lt. General H.R. McMaster, held
at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
Sartaj Aziz was assisted by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on
Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. (R) Nasser Khan Janjua
and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Lt. General McMaster was assisted in the meeting by David Hale, US Ambassador,
Laurel Miller, Acting U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan,
Senior Director for South Asia Lisa Curtis and Director Pakistan Jay Wise in the
National Security Council.
Sartaj Aziz also highlighted the importance of effective border management between
Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of the actions required to achieve sustainable peace
in the region.
Sartaj welcoming the US delegation, noted that Pakistan and the US have been close
friends over decades and that a continued strong partnership between the two countries
remained critical to promoting and sustaining peace and stability in the wider region.
He gave a detailed briefing on the policies being pursued by the Government that
have resulted in improved security environment and economic turnaround in Pakistan.
On terrorism, the Adviser noted that impressive gains have been made in eliminating
terrorists and that Pakistan remained determined to continue this fight as part of the
National Action Plan until the scourge of terrorism is completely eliminated from its soil.
He said that the Government was determined to maintain the existing momentum on
both the security and economic fronts to lead the people of Pakistan towards a prosperous
and secure future.
The Pakistan side also shared its perspective on the plight of Kashmiris in Indian
Occupied Kashmir and the status of relations with India. In reiterating Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif’s vision of a peaceful neighborhood and commitment to dialogue and
engagement, the Adviser apprised the visiting delegation of the steps taken by Pakistan
to reach out to both India and Afghanistan.
General McMaster thanked the Adviser and acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in combating extremism and terrorism. He renewed the commitment of the new Administration to work closely with Pakistan in strengthening mutually beneficial relations and towards the shared objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.