Pak’s commitment to dismentle terrorist groups, Bajwa and Alice agrees to continue engagement

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: The US special envoy Alice Wells discussed Pakistan’s stated commitment to eliminating all terrorist groups present within its borders in her meeting with Pak Military Generals during her 3 days Islamabad visit.

The US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells visited Islamabad July 1–3.

Alice Wells, the US special envoy for Central and South Asia, told the US Committee on Foreign Affairs last month that the Trump administration has been working with Pakistan to dismantle the “decades-old safe havens” of the Taliban on its soil.

In Islamabad, Ambassador Wells met with Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar; Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua; Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa; and Chief of General Staff Lt General Bilal Akbar.  She also met with business leaders and ambassadors from other embassies in Islamabad.

During the meeting, both reaffirmed the commitment towards the common goal of peace and stability in the region, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Moreover, the two also exchanged views on issues of mutual interest, regional security, and cooperation between both the countries.

Wells commended the sacrifices and resilience of the people and the armed forces of Pakistan, and appreciated the role Pakistan Army has played in battling the scourge of terrorism, the statement said.

 Consistent with the U.S. South Asia strategy, Ambassador Wells’ visit focused on the role that Pakistan can play in achieving a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Afghanistan.  Ambassador Wells discussed Pakistan’s stated commitment to eliminating all terrorist groups present within its borders, as well as our shared interest in building economic and commercial ties that benefit both nations.

COAS and Wells also agreed on continued engagement at multiple levels.

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