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Pakistan committed to Afghan peace, PM Abbasi tells US Vice President Pence

PM Abbasi tells American VP no other country wants peaceful Afghanistan more than Pakistan does

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and US Vice President Michael Pence had an unscheduled meeting in Washington on Friday and both leaders talked about finding a negotiated settlement of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, according to Pakistan media reports.

Although no official announcement was made however media reports suggest that Michael Cutrone, special adviser to Vice President Pence for South Asian Affairs, attended the meeting as a note-taker.

In the Pence-Abbasi meeting, both sides “explained their perspectives” on Afghanistan. The prime minister assured Mr Pence of Pakistan’s “sincere commitment” to efforts for peace in Afghanistan and also underlined “Pakistan’s successes” in the war against terrorism, the sources said.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi assured Mr Pence of Pakistan’s ‘sincere commitment’ to efforts for peace in Afghanistan and also underlined ‘Pakistan’s successes’ in the war against terrorism, Dawn News reported, citing the sources.

The prime minister also had a 40-minute meeting with Congressman Ted Yoho, chairman of the House Committee on Asia and the Pacific, and its ranking Democrat, Congressman Brad Sherman.

PM Abbasi is currently on a private visit to United States. Both the leaders discussed to find more ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries during the meeting.

Pakistan and the US are eager to “stay engaged” and carry forward the relationship that has been under strain after President Donald Trump warned Islamabad against providing safe havens to terrorists.

Earlier, Pakistan embassy in Washington hosted a luncheon in honour of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

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