Islamabad - Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani Monday left for Brussels for the two-day Trilateral Core Group Meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry starting today (Tuesday).
A Foreign Office statement said that during the meeting, matters relating to peace and stability and national reconciliation in Afghanistan will be discussed.
Pakistan has consistently endeavored to facilitate an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. Pakistan remains committed to continuing its positive and constructive role towards a durable peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan is convinced that a peaceful, stable, prosperous and united Afghanistan is in the interests of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the region. During the visit, General Kayani will also meet with senior NATO officials.
Earlier, a US delegation led by Acting US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan David D Pearce concluded its two days visit to Pakistan on Monday, a US Embassy statement said.
The US delegation met with Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to discuss ways in which the United States and Pakistan can continue to work together to advance the Afghan-led reconciliation process, and contribute to a secure, stable, and prosperous future for the region.
During his visit, Ambassador Pearce reiterated US support to Pakistan’s democratic process, stating, “The US looks forward to timely, transparent, free, and fair elections in Pakistan on May 11. We are committed to continuing to build our bilateral partnership.”