Pakistan role is very important in Afghan peace process: US

Monitoring Desk

WASHINGTON: US Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino has said that United States wants a prosperous Pakistan and continues its efforts for the regional stability and security.

He said this while addressing at a press briefing here in Washington.

While replying to a question, Robert Pallandino said that  Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan peace process is very important and adding that it could play an important role in bringing about a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan and expressed gratitude to Islamabad for whatever it had done to this end.

When asked to elaborate Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement about Pakistan’s nuclear program, the spokesman said nuclear proliferation was one of the very first national security concerns articulated in the US National Security Strategy.

“It’s at the very top of the list. So that absolutely remains something that this administration thinks about often, because the level of – the level, the impact, of what could happen is simply so great. So that remains at the very top of our national security considerations.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the US envoy seeking a peace deal with the Taliban to end 17 years of war is visiting the region for a new round of talks, according to the State Department.

Zalmay Khalilzad will head to Afghanistan as well as neighboring Pakistan during the trip that began Monday and is scheduled to run through April 10.

The State Department did not confirm he would hold fresh talks with the Taliban but said he would stop in Qatar, the usual location for negotiations with the militants.