US assures full support in maintaining peace in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The United States has assured that it will continue to play its due role in maintaining peace in the war-torn Afghanistan.

The assurance was given by the US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken when he met the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi in Washington on Tuesday.

US assures full support in maintaining peace in Afghanistan

During the meeting, the two sides held a discussion on bilateral relations as well as issues related to regional security.

The US deputy secretary of state appreciated the role of Pakistan in reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Tariq Fatemi said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants good relations with all countries including its neighbors.

Pakistan has always extended its full support to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

On July 8, Pakistan hosted the talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the town of murree near Islamabad at which both sides expressed their collective desire to bring peace to Afghanistan and the region.

The two sides also recognized the need to undertake confidence building measures in order to engender trust among all stakeholders. They also agreed to hold the second round of talks after the holy month of Ramazan.

The representative from the United States and China also participated in the peace talks as observers.