US welcomes PM Imran Khan’s visit to Afghanistan

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 21 (DNA): The United States of America has expressed pleasure over Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Afghanistan and stressed on the cooperation between the two countries.

The US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
(SCA) in its statement in Washington said it is pleasing to see Prime
Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Kabul to underscore Pakistan’s commitment
to peace and to further cooperation with Afghanistan on security,
refugees, trade, and regional connectivity.

“Pleased to see PM Khan visiting Kabul to underscore Pakistan’s
commitment to peace & to further cooperation with Afghanistan on
security, refugees, trade, and regional connectivity,” the statement
said.

The statement further said that Pakistan-Afghanistan cooperation
contributes to the entire region’s stability.

“Afghan-Pakistani cooperation contributes to the entire region’s
stability,” the State Department’s SCA added in its statement on
Twitter.

On the other hand, the European Union has also welcomed the Pakistani
premier’s visit to Kabul and said that Islamabad can play its pivotal
role in the solution of the Afghan conflict.

On November 19, PM Khan visited Kabul at the invitation of Afghan
President Ashraf Ghani and discussed matters related to mutual affairs.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had assured that Pakistan would fully support
to end violence and establish durable peace in Afghanistan.

A day after his Kabul visit, he stressed that after the Afghans, it was
Pakistanis who had the “greatest stake” in peace in Afghanistan. “My
visit to Kabul was another step towards conveying Pakistan’s commitment
to peace in Afghanistan,” the premier had said on Twitter, his first
post about the trip since his return.

“I have never believed in military solutions which is why I always
believed that in Afghanistan peace will be achieved through political
dialogue,” he had added.

Peace in Afghanistan would “allow for connectivity and trade, bringing
prosperity to both Afghans and Pakistanis”, he had observed, noting that
people in the tribal areas, “who have suffered the ravages of the war in
Afghanistan, will especially benefit from peace and trade”. DNA

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