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US envoy, Pakistan’s Bajwa call for reduction in violence in Afghanistan

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: US Special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and General Scott Miller, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, visited Islamabad on Thursday, where they met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Khalilzad, Miller, and Bajwa affirmed the need for a significant reduction in violence in Afghanistan as peace negotiations between the two sides move forward, according to a statement by US embassy in Islamabad.
In this meeting, Khalilzad and Bajwa agreed that intra-Afghan direct negotiations are an historic opportunity for achieving peace in Afghanistan and for the region, the statement said, adding that “they also agreed the opportunity must not be lost and past mistakes should not be repeated.”
They discussed the efforts countries who support the peace process can undertake to help Afghans reach a political settlement and to implement it.
They also discussed Pakistani Prime Minister Khan’s upcoming visit to Afghanistan and the roadmap that would guide Pakistan-Afghanistan relations after there is a peace agreement.
Meanwhile in an interview with Kabul based TV channel, TOLOnews the other day, Khalilzad said he expects the Afghan peace process to be concluded in months, not years. Khalilzad also said that the current scale of violence in Afghanistan is not acceptable and that it is strange how the Taliban has stopped attacks on foreigners but continues attacking Afghans.

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