Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif received Ambassador James Dabbins, US Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan on Tuesday at the Prime Minister’s Office. The Prime Minister was assisted by Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser on National Security, and Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of the Army Staff.
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 Mr. 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.