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Army Chief, Lisa discuss regional security, Afghanistan issues

F.P. Report

RAWALPINDI: US delegation led by Deputy Assistant to the President National Security Council Senior Director for South Asia Ms. Lisa Curtis met with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the issues of regional security and Afghanistan came under discussion, ISPR said in its release.

ISPR said that the US delegation apprised the army chief regarding the US strategy to South Asia.

“The regional affairs and Afghanistan situation were also discussed,” ISPR said. Talking on the occasion army chief said, “Despite upheavals Pakistan intends to restore peace in the region as Pakistan military will continue make efforts for peace as per people resolve.”

Army Chief has apprised US delegation over the Pakistan reservations relating to regional security. On the occasion US delegation lauded Pakistan efforts in war against the terrorism.

The US delegation emphasized the importance of reinvigorating the bilateral relationship in order to achieve the common objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

Earlier, Pakistan and United States have agreed to continue discussions on all matters of mutual interest for bilateral cooperation and peace in the region.

The understanding came during delegation level talks in Islamabad on Thursday. US Interagency delegation was led by Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South Asia Ms. Lisa Curtis.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani side. The two sides reviewed the State of play in relationship in wake of the US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia.

Reiterating Pakistan’s stance for a politically negotiated settlement owned and led by Afghans, Foreign Secretary reaffirmed Pakistan’s constructive participation in all regional and bilateral mechanisms aimed at pursuing a peaceful solution to Afghan conflict.

It was noted that persistent Indian refusal to engage with Pakistan despite Pakistan’s repeated overtures for a comprehensive dialogue was adversely impacting regional stability.

The US delegation emphasized the importance of reinvigorating the bilateral relationship in order to achieve the common objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

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