US looking forward to Pak-Afghan agreement: Zalmay Khalilzad

Zalmay Khalilzad – US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, has said that United States is looking forward for Pak-Afghan dialogue and agreement aimed at sustainable regional peace and stability.

US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation – Zalmay Khalilzad has said that US hopes Afghan and Pakistani government to reach an agreement along the sidelines of ongoing Intra-Afghan dialogue between Afghan Taliban and Afghan government.

Terming PM Imran Khan and COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s role as ‘helpful’ in Intra-Afghan dialogue, Zalmay Khalilzad hopes that a comprehensive agreement between Islamabad and Kabul will further strengthen Afghan peace process.

We are seeking an agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan as an adjunct to an internal peace, he said.

The proposed Pak-Afghan agreement will ensure that territories of both countries are not used against one another by non-state actors.

Anti-Pakistan lobby within Afghanistan under Indian influence has been severely critical of Pak-Afghan security cooperation and has significantly hindered bilateral ties between the two countries.

However, US Special Envoy has asserted that improvement in Pak-Afghan relations is backed by economic stakes and interdependency between both countries.

There are economic reasons that would be transformative for the region should peace in Afghanistan come, he noted.

The development comes as a US Embassy delegation led by Angela Aggeler called on Ijaz Ahmad Shah – Federal Interior Minister in Islamabad today. The meeting mulled upon formulating a bilateral strategy to address matters of mutual interests.

The US delegation also lauded Pakistan’s successful response against COVID-19 outbreak and further reiterated its commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations in future