The US Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Dan Feldman, called on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs this morning. The discussions focused on bilateral relations, recent developments in Afghanistan and in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations and relations with India.
During the meeting, Pakistan’s support for a peaceful, stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan was reaffirmed. The Adviser stated that Pakistan was determined to open a new chapter in its relations with Afghanistan. Also Pakistan would extend support for an Afghan led reconciliation process. The SRAP was told that Pakistan was engaging with Afghanistan across a broad range of issues – including peace and security, trade and economic ties, reconstruction and rehabilitation, and regional cooperation. Pakistan hoped that the upcoming visit by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, would move this process forward.
Regarding relations with India, the Adviser stated that Pakistan wanted normalization of relations with India despite the recent provocations of hostilities along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary. The international community needed to support an early resumption of the peace process and a resolution of all outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
Both the SRAP and the Adviser expressed their satisfaction on the progress being made in Pakistan US bilateral relations and agreed that the current round of meeting of the Working Groups with the Strategic Dialogue should be completed by the end of the year.
Mr. Dan Feldman acknowledged Pakistan’s important contribution towards peace and stability and deeper engagement on issues of trade and economic cooperation with Afghanistan. He said that the United States was willing to extend its full support in this regard. On India, he agreed that there was a need to resume the dialogue process as expeditiously as possible.
October 28, 2014