COAS meets with the Afghan premier

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – June 10, 2020
RAWALPINDI: The chief of army staff (COAS) general Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Tuesday in Afghan capital Kabul, discussed issues related to facilitation of trade and agreed with the Afghan premier that a dignified and time-bound return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan is key towards normalcy.

According to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, COAS general Bajwa held one-on-one meetings with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and national reconciliation of Afghanistan (NRA) high council chairman (HC-C) Abdullah Abdullah.

In his meeting with Afghan president Ghani, the Afghan premier expressed his appreciation for the prime minister (PM), of Pakistan, Imran Khan for opening of Torkham and Chaman borders for allowing Afghan transit goods and facilitating stranded Afghans to return to Afghanistan by land and air routes.

Afghan president Ghani was also appreciative of the role being played by Pakistan for the Afghan peace process.

Both sides discussed current developments in Afghan peace process and necessary steps to be undertaken to facilitate an Afghan-led and Afghan owned peace process.

The COAS was accompanied by PM’s special representative for Afghanistan affairs, the ambassador Mohammad Sadiq.

Earlier, on Monday, June 8, 2020, according to an official statement, the government of Pakistan (GoP) appointed ambassador (R) Mohammad Sadiq as the special representative for Afghanistan.

The ambassador (R) Sadiq, an officer of the foreign service of Pakistan, has wide-ranging experience in diplomacy, including extensive expertise on Afghanistan, where he served as Pakistan’s ambassador from 2008-2014.

During his diplomatic career, he served in a number of key capitals including Brussels, Beijing and Washington.

He served as the spokesperson of the ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA) in 2007-2008.

The ambassador (R) Sadiq also served as the national security division (NSD) secretary from March 2014 to October 2016.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday, June 7, 2020, according to an ISPR statement, United States (US) special representative for Afghan reconciliation (SR-AR), ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, in a meeting with COAS general Bajwa discussed matters of mutual interest, overall regional security situation, including the Afghan refugees issue along-with the Afghan reconciliation process and the Pak-Afghan border management.

US SR-AR ambassador Khalilzad called on the COAS general Bajwa in the garrison city.

Both shared steps taken and agreed to continue working towards mutually agreed goals.