KABUL, Afghanistan – United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad hailed the shared vision by Pakistan and Afghanistan on bilateral relations and regional stability.
On Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani urged Pakistan to “overcome distrust that has haunted” bilateral relationship, as both leaders met at Presidential Palace for the first time in their positions.
“We welcome and are encouraged by the positive development in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations,” said Khalilzad in a tweet Monday. “If implemented, it provides an opportunity to move forward on peace and development in the region.”
Addressing PM Khan’s visit to Kabul, Khalilzad said the move “represents a concrete step forward”, strengthening relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan amid struggle for peace and stability in the region.
“We congratulate both countries on emphasis Joint Vision places on: 1) preventing either’s territory to be used against the other, 2) inclusive governance, 3) stronger people/govt/security ties, 4) more integrated econ connectivity, trade & dvp-linking CentralAsia, Pak & Afg,” he added.
During an official trip to Kabul, PM Khan said the objective of his visit amidst escalation of violence in the country is to assure that people and government of Pakistan want peace in Afghanistan.
“My idea of choosing this time to come was to assure you that Pakistan will do everything, whatever is possible to help to reduce this violence and move toward ceasefire,” he said.