US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had a telephone conversation with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday, says an ISPR press release.

They discussed matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including latest developments in Afghan peace process and bilateral cooperation in various fields.

General Bajwa said that Pakistan will always support “Afghan led-Afghan Owned” peace process based on mutual consensus of all stakeholders.

Secretary Blinken also acknowledged Pakistan’s continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region and pledged to further enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.

Pakistan has rendered sacrifices in the US war on terror in Afghanistan and always endeavored to establish peace in the country as it will bring stability in the region.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has hinted that he will withdraw troops from Afghanistan till September. Britain and NATO have also decided to follow the US and hand over security to the Afghan army.

Turkey is hosting UN-led Afghan peace conference in Instanbul from April 24. Besides Afghan government and Taliban, representatives of UN, US, Turkey, Qatar, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran and India will attend the conference that will conclude on May 4.


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