COAS, Khalilzad discuss Afghan peace process

By: AFP      Published: 06:38 PM, 14 Apr, 2020
COAS, Khalilzad discuss Afghan peace process
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The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the Resolute Support Mission Commander General Austin Scott Miller called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Islamabad Tuesday.

Ambassador Khalilzad and General Miller discussed the United States’ ongoing efforts for sustainable peace in Afghanistan with the Army Chief.

Pakistan’s military leader reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for the US efforts and renewed their commitment to act to advance a political settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Earlier, senior U.S. officials met with the Taliban in Qatar Monday to discuss possible violations of a deal the two sides signed February 29, among other issues.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General Austin Miller, accompanied Zalmay Khalilzad, the architect of the U.S.-Taliban deal, to the meeting hosted by Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdur Rahman al-Thani. The Taliban delegation was led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of its political office. 

The militant group has repeatedly asserted that the Americans have violated their end of the agreement by attacking either civilians or Taliban forces not involved in fighting. U.S. officials deny this.