ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission Gen. Scott Miller visited Islamabad Thursday, discussing Afghan peace with Pakistani officials.
In a meeting with Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, Khalilzad “thanked Prime Minister Khan and General Bajwa for their help in advancing the Afghanistan peace process,” according to a statement by the US Embassy in Pakistan.
“He and General Bajwa agreed that intra-Afghan direct negotiations are an historic opportunity for achieving peace in Afghanistan and for the region,” the statement read. “They also agreed the opportunity must not be lost and past mistakes should not be repeated.”
Both sides addressed the efforts countries who support the peace process can undertake to help Afghans reach a political settlement and to implement it.
Meanwhile, Khalilzad, Gen. Miller, and Gen. Bajwa “affirmed the need for a significant reduction in violence in Afghanistan as peace negotiations between the two sides move forward.”
In the meeting, they tackled Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to Afghanistan and the “roadmap that would guide Pakistan-Afghanistan relations after there is a peace agreement.”