IS­LAM­ABAD Pom­peo, Pak­istan army chief dis­cuss re­la­tions, Afghanistan

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World - AP

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo has spo­ken by phone with Pak­istan’s army chief to dis­cuss po­lit­i­cal rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Afghanistan and other is­sues.

A state­ment re­leased by State De­part­ment spokes­woman Heather Nauert says Pom­peo and Gen. Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa dis­cussed ways to ad­vance Us-pak­istani bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, the need for po­lit­i­cal rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Afghanistan and the im­por­tance of tar­get­ing all mil­i­tant and ter­ror­ist groups in South Asia with­out dis­tinc­tion.

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 neigh­bor’s sta­bil­ity. –

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