United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Friday (Feb 8) while responding to a question regarding the role of Islamabad in his ongoing efforts to bring peace in this war-ravaged country, appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to play an important role in arranging peace talks and the reconciliation process with the Taliban and said that US wants to build relations with Pakistan.
“We always would like Pakistan, like other countries to do more, but we appreciate what they have done so far and I have indicated and Secretary (of State), (Mike) Pompeo and the president that we want to have good relations with Pakistan, better relations with Pakistan,” “What they (Pakistan) do on Afghanistan to facilitate peace and reconciliation, which has been a burden on the relationship, that will be removed,” he added. “Pakistan is an important country with which we want to have better relations,” he said.
“The role that Pakistan has played in terms of its relationship with the Taliban and the Haqqani network has been a burden on this (US-Pak) relationship. They say they want peace. We welcome that. We want them to, to play a positive role,” said the US diplomat.
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25 May, 2019