US makes second contact with COAS Bajwa in two days amid Afghanistan drawdown plan

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RAWALPINDI – Angela Ageler, US Charge d’ Affairs to Pakistan called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), on Thursday.

During the meeting, matters of mutual interest and overall regional security situation including recent developments in the Afghan Peace Process were discussed in detail.

COAS welcomed President Biden’s announcement of the withdrawal of US forces from Afganistan by September 2021.

Army chief further reiterated that a prosperous, stable and peaceful Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan in particular and the region in general.

COAS also hoped for greater Pak-US bilateral cooperation in all domains in future.

The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan’s sincere efforts for bringing peace and stability in the region, especially the Afghan Peace Process and also assured of US continued assistance for the common cause of peace in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken held telephonic conversation with COAS Bajwa.

The US official acknowledged Pakistan’s continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region and pledged to further enhance bilateral relations between both countries

During the conversation matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including latest developments in Afghan Peace Process and bilateral cooperation in various fields were discussed.

COAS said that Pakistan will always support “Afghan led-Afghan Owned” Peace Process based on mutual consensus of all stakeholders.

The telephonic contact between the Pakistan and US high ups comes after President Biden announced that American combat troops from Afghanistan will be withdrawn by Sept. 11, declaring an end to thecountry’s longest war.

Biden took the decision despite Pentagon’s suggestion to remain in Afghanistan until the local forces can assert themselves against the Taliban.