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Khalilzad Meets Imran Khan - Regional Countries Need To Jointly Work For Afghan Peace : PM

U.S. Special Envoy for Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussed prevailing situation in Afghanistan and the need for expediting the afghan peace process.

The Prime Minister while highlighted Pakistan’s constructive efforts for facilitating peace efforts, said the escalation of conflict and instability in Afghanistan is not in Pakistan’s interest as it would lead to serious challenges for Pakistan in areas of security and influx of refugees.

He said that durable peace in Afghanistan would open avenues for regional economic connectivity.

The Prime Minister imposition of a government by force will not lead to the resolution of the conflict and that only a negotiated settlement will bring lasting peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Reaffirming Pakistan’s consistent support to a peaceful, stable and United Afghanistan, the Prime Minister underlined that a secure and safe Western Border is in Pakistan’s own best interest.

Imran Khan said Pakistan would like to remain closely engaged with the U.S. and other relevant countries for peace efforts. He emphasized the need for all afghan sides to show flexibility and engage meaningfully with each other.

The Prime Minister said it is important for Afghanistan’s neighbors and regional countries to constructively work together for a lasting political settlement in Afghanistan.