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Zalmay Khalilzad and General Miller meet Pakistan Army chief at GHQ

Zalmay Khalilzad and General Miller

Zalmay Khalilzad and General Miller meet Pakistan Army chief at GHQ (General Headquarters).

US Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General Austin Scott Miller called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Zalmay Khalilzad and General Miller

They met Chief of the Army Staff at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

They discussed overall regional situation including Afghan refugees issue and Afghan reconciliation process.

Meanwhile, Army Chief emphasized that amidst Covid-19 situation, we should not lose track of hard earned achievements for the Afghan peace process and peace and stability in the region.

Moreover, he also updated them on Pakistan government’s efforts for peace.

Gen Bajwa also cited Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for international community to help alleviate the issues confronting developing world in present circumstances.

Khalilzad welcomes prisoners swap

Earlier, United States special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad welcomed the prisoner releases by both the Afghan government and Taliban.

In a tweet, Zalmay said the move is an important step in the peace process and the reduction of violence.

He urged both sides to accelerate efforts to meet targets of US-Taliban agreement because potential for COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons poses a real threat.”

The Afghan government has so far released 361 Taliban prisoners from Bagram prison.

Meanwhile, Taliban later released 20 Afghan government prisoners on Sunday.

Both sides released prisoners under US Taliban deal.

However, the swap of prisoners is taking much time due to differences between Taliban and Afghanistan government.

In a tweet, Spokesman Suhail Shaheen announced handover of the prisoners to Kabul administration.

Earlier, Afghan government had released 300 Taliban prisoners.

GTV

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