Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: On mission to coordinate and bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, recently oppointed Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will lead an interagency delegation to Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia from October 4-14.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who held official meetings in DC this week with Pompeo and US NSA Bolton among others, expressed Pakistan’s concerns at blunt diplomate Khalilzad’s vocal criticisms.
“Stability in Pakistan is directly related to peace in Afghanistan”-Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told during a meeting with Khalilzad and senior official of South and Central Asian Affairs in the US State Department Alice Wells.
Khalilzad and Qureshi agreed to work together in order to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad is undertaking his first official visit to the region to find ways to reach a settlement with the Taliban in the war-torn country.
The Khalilzad’s trip reflects the American Administration’s intent to support, facilitate, and participate in a peace process in Afghanistan. He will do so in close coordination with the Afghan government and other stakeholders, exploring how best to reach a negotiated settlement to the conflict.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met this week with US Secretary Pompeo, discussed the importance of the Pakistan and United States working together to advance joint priorities, recognizing that bilateral cooperation was mutually beneficial and a factor for stability in South Asia.
The US Secretary Pompeo underscored a common goal to advance peace and security in the broader region. In particular, Secretary Pompeo emphasized the important role Pakistan could play in bringing about a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan.
The US Secretary agreed that there was momentum to advance the Afghan peace process, and that the Afghan Taliban should seize the opportunity for dialogue.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the US Secretary Pompeo agreed to remain engaged on these and other issues, and reiterated their desire to maintain constructive dialogue to advance shared interests.