Pakistan News Service

Friday Apr 19, 2019, Shaban 13, 1440 Hijri
Pakistan News Home -> Top -> News Details

Pakistan has critical role in stability of Afghanistan: Alice Wells

21 August, 2018

  Related News  
Pakistan to work with international community to eradicate terrorism: Imran Khan
Imran Khan inaugural speech to nation
  More on this View All

WASHINGTON: United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells has commended Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan’s statement on the importance of peace on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border.

While addressing a press conference, Wells emphasised that Pakistan has a critical role to play in the long-term stability of Afghanistan.

She asserted, “We encourage Pakistan to take stronger steps to ensure that the Taliban comes to the negotiating table rather than enjoying safe havens in the country.”

Both Pakistan and Afghanistan embarked an effort to improve their ties for negotiating a solidarity document which we strongly support,” Wells added.

The American diplomat further said, “We look forward to working with the new government [in Pakistan]. We are urging them to do more. We welcome (Pakistan Prime Minister) Imran Khan’s words when he discussed the importance of having peace on both sides of the border.”

Wells stated that as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is putting forward a peace proposal in the interests of the Afghan people, it is a perfect time for all parties to come to the negotiating table.

On India’s role in Afghanistan, Wells said, “One of the key new features of strategy tapping is that India is supporting the economic development of Afghanistan up to 2020. We need to see Afghanistan stitched back into the region,” she remarked.

She added that Washington wishes to build its long-standing commitment to the region and has taken important steps to ensure the region’s future is free, open and operating in a rule-based system.

The US diplomate further stated that the US has conducted $1.4 trillion in two-way trade with the countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

She informed that more than USD 100 million of funding will go to South Asia, which includes USD 39 million for Bangladesh, USD 14 million for Sri Lanka and USD 17 million for Nepal.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Military Courts
Imran - Qadri long march
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Pakistan itself a victim of state-sponsored terrorism: Qamar Bajwa
Should You Try Napping During the Workday?
Suggested Sites