【Islamabad】Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met with a U.S. peace envoy on December 5 and pledged his help to find a political settlement to the long-running war in neighbouring Afghanistan.
The visit to Islamabad by Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. special representative to Afghanistan, followed President Donald Trump's request for Pakistan's help in finding an end to the 17-year-old war between Taliban insurgents and the western-backed Afghan government. Khalilzad, an Afghan-born U.S. diplomat who served as George W. Bush's ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, was named by Trump three months ago as a special envoy to negotiate peace in Afghanistan.
"The prime minister reiterated Pakistan's abiding interest in achieving peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan through political settlement," Khan's office said in a statement. The Pakistani statement quoted Khalilzad as saying that the U.S. leadership looked forward to working with Pakistan in furthering the shared goal of peace.
○PM Expresses Satisfaction Over Cordial Ties Between Pakistan, Japan
【Islamabad】Prime Minister Imran Khan on December 5 acknowledged the importance of Japan as a development and investment partner of Pakistan, and expressed satisfaction over the cordial relations between the two countries. The prime minister was talking to National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Kentaro Sonoura, who called on him here.
The prime minister encouraged Japanese investment in Pakistan, which had immense economic potential, having young population and unexplored mineral wealth. He also looked forward to a greater level of cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the area of trade, investment, infrastructure and human resource development.
The Japanese National Security Advisor expressed the desire to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. He underscored Japan's high respect for Pakistan in fighting terrorism.
PM Imran Khan meets US peace envoy, pledges help on Afghan war
PM expresses satisfaction over cordial ties between Pakistan, Japan
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