Pak wants peace in Afghanistan; US drones are attack on our sovereignty: PM

Pak wants peace in Afghanistan; US drones are attack on our sovereignty: PM

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is striving forreconciliatory talks on Afghanistan. Prime minister said that the US drone attacks are unacceptable and said that they are an attack on our sovereignty.

Prime Minister was talking to the US Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins here on Tuesday.

They discussed the post-conflict situation of Afghanistan‚ peace dialogues with Taliban‚ upcoming of the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan and Pak-US bilateral relations.

The prime minister was assisted by his adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz, foreign secretary and top civil and military officials.

The two sides exchanged views on possibilities of halting drone strikes and bilateral cooperation.

James Dobbins took Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif into confidence on opening of Taliban office in Doha.

The visiting American envoy discussed Afghanistan’s elections, scheduled to be held next year. It was decided that ISAF and Pak military would further enhance cooperation on border issues.

Both the sides agreed on timely intelligence sharing and increased cooperation in war on terrorism.

Both the sides discussed bilateral cooperation, withdrawal of US forces from the region, drone strikes and Afghan peace talks while reiterating its appreciation for Pakistan’s support on Afghan reconciliation.

James Dobbins is tasked with leading US talks with the Afghan Taliban, who last week opened their political office in Doha.

Earlier, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif received James Dobbins, US Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan, at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Ambassador Dobbins briefed the Prime Minister about developments relating to bilateral relations as well as efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. In this connection, he elaborated on some recent developments, including the opening of the Taliban office in Doha, developments within Afghanistan, and the overall situation in the region.

The Prime Minister conveyed to Ambassador Dobbins that Pakistan had the highest stakes in the return of peace and stability to Afghanistan.

He assured James Dobbins of Pakistan’s full commitment to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and highlighted various steps Pakistan had taken in the regard. Noting that the situation in Afghanistan had reached a crucial phase as the US proceeds with its drawdown, the Prime Minister stressed the need for Pakistan and the United States to remain closely engaged.

It is mentioning here that James Dobbins arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday for talks with Pakistan’s civil and military leadership after spending a day in Kabul. James Dobbins earlier met with Afghan officials on Monday and would also be traveling to New Delhi as part of his regional visit.

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