By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The United States Senator Lindsey Graham met with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday in Islamabad to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was also present on the occasion as the neighboring country’s prime minister and the senator discussed ways of improving the relationship between Pakistan and the US as well as peace and stability in Afghansitan, the local media reported yesterday.
Graham, the head of the US Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had earlier met Prime Minister Imran on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in September.
They had also held a meeting in July when the Pak prime minister had traveled to the US on a week-long official tour to mend the strained relationship between Islamabad and Washington.
Separately, US Senator Lindsey Graham also met Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army cheif and the US senator discussed “regional security including Afghan reconciliation process”.
The military’s media wing said that Senator Graham acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts towards regional peace and stability, in particular in Afghanistan.
Earlier, the US Special Envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad had met high-ranking officials in Pakistan after the US resumed peace talks with Taliban earlier this month following a brief pause.
Afghan government has time and again asked US and its allies to put pressures on Pakistan to facilitate the engagement between the US and the Taliban in a bid to end the armed conflict in the war-torn country.