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Pakistan says US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should be linked with progress in peace

By ET News

Pakistan on Thursday said that the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan should be linked with the progress in the peace process in the war-torn neighbouring country.

The Foreign Office said that Pakistan supports the principle of a responsible troop withdrawal in coordination with Afghan stake-holders, a day after US President Joe Biden announced that the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan will start on May 1 and will be completed by September 11 this year, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York.

“In our view, it is important that the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan coincides with the progress in the peace process,” the FO said.

It hoped that the forthcoming meeting of Afghan leadership in Turkey would be an important opportunity for Afghans to make progress towards a negotiated political settlement.

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