WASHINGTON: United States of America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday telephoned Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and emphasized on strengthening the mutual ties between both states.
In a statement issued from the office of the US spokesperson Heather Nauert, Pompeo and General Bajwa discussed ways to enhance Pak-US bilateral relations.
They also exchanged views over need for political reconciliation in Afghanistan and to do more for indiscriminate operation against terrorist groups in South Asia.
Pakistan hosted the first direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban in 2015, but they ended when Kabul announced the death of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammed Omar.
Washington has talked up the prospects for peace many times and Pakistan has said it will help to ensure its neighbour’s stability.
Earlier this year, US had assured Pakistan that it does not want to sever bilateral ties with this important ally while Islamabad extended its “wholehearted support” to the US-backed Afghan offer of peace talks with the Taliban. NNI/Agencies