Khalilzad praises Afghan-Pak shared vision on regional stability


KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has extolled the recent agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan on a shared vision for bilateral relations and regional stability.

Earlier this week during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on Pakistan to “overcome the distrust deficit that has haunted” bilateral ties.

“We welcome and are encouraged by the positive development in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations,” Khalilzad wrote on his Twitter handle on Sunday. “If implemented, it provides an opportunity to move forward on peace and development in the region.”

Referring to PM Khan’s visit, Khalilzad said the move “represents a concrete step forward,” strengthening the relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan amid the ongoing struggle for peace and stability in the region.

“We congratulate both countries on emphasis Joint Vision places on: 1) preventing either’s territory to be used against the other, 2) inclusive governance, 3) stronger people/govt/security ties, 4) more integrated econ connectivity, trade & dvp-linking Central Asia, Pak & Afg,” he added.

This comes as PM Khan described the aim of his foray amid the escalation in violence across Afghanistan as assuring “you [President Ghani] that Pakistan will do everything, whatever is possible to help to reduce this violence and move toward a ceasefire.”

However, his visit provoked nationwide protests that called on Pakistan to shun support to terrorism; otherwise, state visits don’t bear any fruit.