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PM reiterates Pakistan's 'abiding interest' for Afghan peace in meeting with US envoy Khalilzad

PM reiterates Pakistan's 'abiding interest' for Afghan peace in meeting with US envoy Khalilzad

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday reiterated Pakistan's "abiding interest" in achieving lasting peace and reconciliation in war-torn Afghanistan through a political settlement.

The premier gave the reassurance during a meeting a with the US Special Envoy for Afghan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who called on Khan at the Prime Minister House.

Khalilzad conveyed good wishes by President Donald Trump to Khan, saying the "US leadership looked forward to working with Pakistan in furthering the shared goal of peace through a political settlement in Afghanistan," according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office.

During the "courtesy call" by the US envoy, Prime Minister Khan recalled his personal commitment to the cause of regional peace, the press release said.




He welcomed the letter written to him by President Trump seeking Pakistan's cooperation in ending the 17-year-old Afghan conflict, as well as Washington's "assurance to work with Pakistan on this shared objective".

Khan also emphasised the importance of boosting regular bilateral engagement in priority areas especially trade, investment, education, health and social sector development, the statement said.

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