The Pentagon has mentioned that US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin conveyed to Pakistan Military Chief Normal Qamar Javed Bajwa about Washington’s curiosity in persevering with to enhance the US-Pakistan relationship.
Secretary Austin “expressed his curiosity in persevering with to enhance the US-Pakistan relationship and construct upon our a number of shared pursuits within the area”, a press release mentioned, the Daybreak reported on Wednesday.
“Secretary Austin and Normal Bajwa mentioned (throughout a telephonic dialog) the continuing scenario in Afghanistan, regional safety and stability, and the bilateral defence relationship extra broadly,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby mentioned.
Austin additionally mentioned the mutual objectives of safety and stability within the area, he mentioned.
Responding to a journalist’s query, Kirby mentioned the US continues to have conversations with the Pakistani management concerning the protected havens that exist alongside the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“We’re aware that these protected havens are solely offering a supply of extra insecurity and extra instability inside Afghanistan. We’re not bashful about having that dialogue with Pakistani leaders,” he mentioned.
“We’re additionally aware that Pakistan and the Pakistani individuals additionally fall sufferer to terrorist actions that emanate from that area. So, all of us have a shared sense of the significance of closing down these protected havens and never permitting them for use by the Taliban or different terrorist networks to sow discord,” Kirby mentioned.
“And once more, we’re having that dialog with the Pakistanis on a regular basis,” he mentioned.
Requested what function India and Pakistan ought to play in Afghanistan, the Pentagon spokesperson mentioned: “We would like all neighbouring international locations to not take actions that make the scenario in Afghanistan extra harmful than it’s already, and to proceed to attempt to use worldwide stress to get a negotiated peaceable political settlement to this warfare.”
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