European Union special envoy to Afghanistan appreciates Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism

Islamabad, January 15, 2018 (PPI-OT):A delegation from European Union including Mr. Roland Kobia, EU special envoy to Afghanistan accompanied by Mr. Jean Francois Cautain, EU Ambassador to Pakistan met National Security Adviser Lt. Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua this morning. Matters pertaining to regional security situation with a particular reference to Afghanistan, were discussed in detail.

The envoy expressed his commitment to advance European Union’s contribution to deliver lasting peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and in the region. “European Union is aiming at bringing peace in Afghanistan by coordinating and consulting with all the regional and international countries” he said. He also acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and for regional peace and stability. “EU recognizes the challenges faced by Pakistan and appreciates the way Pakistan is responding to those challenges.” he added.

The envoy sought NSA’s opinion on the issues of counter terrorism, military and intelligence cooperation and internal political peace process in Afghanistan. NSA explained the security situation in Afghanistan at length. NSA highlighted the complexities of the perpetual conflict in Afghanistan and briefed the role played and contributions made by Pakistan to fight the menace of terrorism.

NSA sensitized the delegates over the fragility of the region and reiterated Pakistan’s strong commitment towards peace in Afghanistan and the region. He underscored that a cooperative framework is required to resolve conflict in Afghanistan and stressed the need of a political solution to the conflict. Coercing Pakistan will be unhelpful and it will not take us anywhere. Both sides agreed that by means of progression, cooperation and economic interdependence, this region can be made more stable.

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