The United States has said Pakistan has much to gain and will continue to have a critical role in Afghan peace process. “We do appreciate Pakistan’s efforts to advance the Afghan peace process and stability in South Asia, including by encouraging the Taliban to engage in substantive negotiations,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his daily news conference on Monday.
“Pakistan has much to gain and will continue to have a critical role, will be well-positioned to have a role in supporting the outcome that not only the United States seeks, but that many of our International partners, many of the countries in the region also see. So, we’ll continue to work and to communicate closely with our Pakistani partners on this,” he said.
Last week, Pakistan’s national security advisor, Moeed Yusuf, met his American counterpart Jake Sullivan but had no meetings at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.