Friday Jan 31, 2020
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday met Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to discuss the Afghan reconciliation process.
Khalilzad and Gen Bajwa met at the General Headquarters (GHQ) where they discussed the regional situation, according to a statement by the ISPR. Matters of mutual interest, including the Afghan reconciliation process, were also discussed between the US envoy and the Pakistan army chief.
Khalilzad praised Pakistan’s efforts for promoting peace in the region, according to a statement of the ISPR.
The meeting between the two takes place a couple of weeks after the Taliban showed a "willingness to reduce violence", according to Pakistan.
"The Taliban have expressed their willingness to the demand of reduction in violence. In my opinion, this is a step towards a peace agreement," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said a couple of weeks ago in a video message.
The US has been trying to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban which culminates in a smooth transfer of power and allows American troops to leave the country.
Afghanistan has been ravaged by war for the last 18 years when the US invaded the country following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Pakistan been mediating in the conflict and trying to negotiate a peace deal with the Afghanistan government, the Taliban and the US. PM Imran Khan has on several occasions voiced the need for the Taliban to sort out differences with the Afghan government for peace.