Continued war in Afghanistan poses risk to entire region: Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has noted that continued war in Afghanistan poses a risk to the entire region and holds back its development.

In meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa when he visited Islamabad on Monday, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said that peace, by contrast, will enable regional connectivity and increased trade and development.

“We commit to do our part to make this vision a reality,” he said according to a press release issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad.

Ambassador Khalilzad emphasized the urgency of a comprehensive political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban, one that leads to a sustainable peace and preserves Afghanistan’s security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.

The US special envoy said that tangible and material support for the Afghanistan peace process is vital for its ultimate success, as are positive long-term relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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