‘Any sustainable solution in Afghanistan must include Pakistan,’ says US lawmaker

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NEW YORK – US Senator Lindsey Graham emphasised that Pakistan must be part of a solution to the longstanding Afghanistan conflict.

The US lawmaker stated this in a couple of tweets after having a discussion on regional issues with Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Asad Majeed Khan.

“Any sustainable solution in Afghanistan must include Pakistan,” the US senator wrote, adding the region is “very complicated” and it is passing through “dangerous times”.

He also appreciated the efforts being made by Pakistan to help US and its allies evacuate from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover.

“Very much appreciate the efforts of the Pakistani government to assist with the evacuation of U.S. citizens, our allies, and other nations,” he said.

“We all must remember Pakistan is a nuclear-armed nation, and there is a Pakistan version of the Taliban who wishes topple the Pakistani government and military,” he highlighted.

The Pakistan’s ambassador in a tweet said, “Just spoke to Senator Graham on the evolving situation in Afghanistan. Briefed him on our efforts to support evacuations from Afghanistan”.

Pakistan has so far evacuated a total of 7,629 people of different nationalities through air and land routes.

A day earlier, US Charge d’ Affairs to Pakistan Angela Ageler called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Friday.

During the meeting matters of mutual interest, regional security and recent situation in Afghanistan were discussed in detail.

The army chief said that Pakistan has no favourites in Afghanistan and our sole aim is helping achieve peaceful, sovereign stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

Gen Bajwa strongly condemned the terrorist attacks at Kabul airport and expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives. He also reiterated the combined resolve to fight terrorism and extremism to the core.

The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in promoting regional peace and stability and thanked the COAS for the special assistance in the evacuation operations from Kabul.

Read more: https://pakobserver.net/us-thanks-pakistan-for-support-in-afghanistan-evacuation-operation/

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