Pakistan, US want a ‘secure’ Afghanistan: US State Department

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WASHINGTON: The US State Department spokesperson Ned Price has said that Pakistan and the United States have common interests and both want a secure Afghanistan for peace and stability in the region.

He said that Washington has been working with Islamabad for many years for common interests and added that the United States and Pakistan have a shared and enduring interest in combating terrorism.

The US State Department spokesperson said that Pakistan brought the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table. He praised Pakistan’s helpful role in its efforts to bring about peace and security in Afghanistan.

He said that Pakistan has much to gain from an Afghanistan that is peaceful, stable and secure and added that Pakistan has the potential to have a critical role in enabling that outcome.

“We do appreciate Pakistan’s efforts to advance the peace process and stability in South Asia, including by encouraging, as Pakistan has done, the Taliban to engage in substantive negotiations,” Ned Price said.

He said that United States  interest in the region is for a secure and peaceful Afghanistan and asked international community to take the burden in Afghanistan for lasting peace in the region.

He said that it is the time for the international community to show support for the people of Afghanistan, to be constructively engaged in the diplomatic process.

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