Khawaja Asif welcomes US role in ending India, Pakistan conflict


ISLAMABAD Nov 06 (TNS): The role of United States in ending conflict between India and Pakistan is welcomed, said Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif at a session under Track 2-1.5 dialogue.

While addressing a session at the Pakistan-US dialogue, Asif said Pakistan has long-standing ties with the US. But, he added, they have reservations over the new US policy that blames Pakistan for instability in the region, including Afghanistan.

In fact, Asif said, they wish for stability and restoration of peace in Afghanistan.

The Track 2-1.5 meeting in Islamabad was attended by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale and Wilson Center Asia Program Deputy Director Michael Kugelman among others.

Earlier, during the opening session of the meeting, Hale spoke about the new US policy, saying it was based on regional realities and aimed at closing down terrorist safe havens. He added Talibans will have to be pressurised until they agree to hold talks.

Also present on the occasion, Kugelman said the relation between US and Pakistan was going through a tough phase, but the former would need the latter till [US is] in Afghanistan.

The fourth round of Track 2-1.5 dialogue will close on November 7. The first round of the dialogue was held in Kabul, second in Washington and third in Islamabad. During the current round, new US policy by President Donald Trump is being discussed, along with other issues. The dialogue has been organised by Wilson Center, US think-tank, and US Department of State.