Islamabad, February 06, 2018 (PPI-OT): British Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Mr. Gareth Bayley accompanied by British High Commissioner to Pakistan Mr. Thomas Drew, met National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua this morning. Matters pertaining to regional peace, security and stability with reference to evolving political and security situation in Afghanistan were discussed.
Both sides discussed security situation in Afghanistan at length. NSA explained the complexities of the perpetual conflict and highlighted the role played and contributions made by Pakistan to fight the menace of terrorism. NSA reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to peace and stability of the region and said that Pakistan has always supported all peace initiatives for Afghanistan.
Peace in Afghanistan is peace in Pakistan. We are sincere and committed to Afghanistan and its people. For sustainable peace in the region, peace in Afghanistan is a prerequisite. He added. The Ambassador acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and also highlighted the positive role of British Government for a sustainable peace in Afghanistan. NSA admired the efforts of UK for investing in peace in Afghanistan and said that UK had always played a positive role for peace and stability of Afghanistan and the region.
Both sides agreed that it has to be a cooperative framework and both Pakistan and Afghanistan should resume engagements at all levels to include government, diplomatic, military, intelligence and more so from people to people. NSA, however, reaffirmed that more than anyone else the sitting Government of Afghanistan can play a major role to bring peace in Afghanistan though collectively we have to find a way to a better future. Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation to ensure lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region.
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