Bajwa meets Khalilzad, restates support to Afghan peace bid

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KABUL: Pakistan’s army chief has reiterated continued support for regional peace and stability, especially the intra-Afghan Doha talks.

Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa met with the US Special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Resolute Support Mission Commander for Afghanistan Gen. Scott Miller on Monday.

The Pakistani military said matters of mutual interest, including the overall regional security situation with particular reference to the ongoing Afghan reconciliation process, were discussed.

The officials in the meeting thanked each other for supporting the Afghan peace process and facilitating the mutual objective of peace in the region.

Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, Khalilzad stressed the urgent need for a political settlement and an end to violence in the country. 

The two negotiating teams in Doha have recently announced that they were taking 20 days off to “consult on the agenda items. “Tragically, the war continues. The need for a political settlement, reduction in violence, and a ceasefire remains urgent,” Khalilzad tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in a cabinet meeting, stated that the next round of the intra-Afghan peace process should be held in Afghanistan.