Khalilzad Welcomes Afghan, Pakistani Leaders’ Meeting
The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation has welcomed the meeting between President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Saudi Arabia.
Khalilzad said in a tweet that improved Afghanistan-Pakistan ties are key to reaching, implementing and capitalizing on opportunities for regional connectivity, integration and development.
“US stands ready to assist the Afghan peace process,” Khalilzad said.
According to the Presidential Palace, Ghani and Khan discussed the Afghan peace process and bilateral relations.
Khan assured Ghani that Islamabad will support Kabul in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan, the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. He also underlined Pakistan’s firm support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process for political solution in Afghanistan,” the statement said.
The statement added that Ghani and Khan will further discuss security and economic issues in the forthcoming visit of the Afghan president to Islamabad.
The Presidential Palace in a statement said that Ghani and Khan also discussed issues around regional connectivity as well as trade and transit.
The statement said that Khan promised to resolve the problem over the closure of Pakistan airspace to Afghan flights between Kabul and New Delhi.