Pakistan's foreign policy chief, Sartaj Aziz, Monday told U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster that strong partnership between Islamabad and Washington is critical to peace in the region.
McMaster visited Pakistan a day after he met with the Afghan leadership in Kabul as he assesses the situation in Afghanistan. He is expected to visit India as well.
“Conveying Pakistan’s concerns over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, the adviser (Aziz) reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to work with the international community to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan,” Pakistan’s foreign office said in a press release.
Aziz also highlighted the importance of effective border management for peace in the region, according to the statement.
According to the official, “strong partnership” between Pakistan and U.S. is “critical to promoting and sustaining peace and stability in the wider region.”
Based on the statement, McMaster said that the U.S. would work with Pakistan towards the “shared objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.”