Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Washington, where they discussed the situation in Afghanistan as well as other matters.
Speaking at a press conference, Blinken said that Washington and Pakistan have a “shared stake in Afghanistan’s future after two decades of war”.
“We have had our differences; that’s no secret, but we share a common objective: a more stable, a more peaceful and free future for all of Afghanistan and for those across the broader region,” Blinken said.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Zardari in the meeting “expressed the need to assist Afghanistan in averting the humanitarian crisis and underlined that Pakistan would continue to work with the international community to achieve peace, development, and stability in Afghanistan.”
Political analysts said that Pakistan can play a vital role in Afghan peace.
“There are two reasons that Bhutto talks on behalf of Afghanistan with the US Secretary of State and other leaders of the world. First is that the US puts the Afghan issue into Pakistan’s hands and second is that they play a double game. They say that the Afghan problems should be solved, and then they make allegations against Afghanistan,” said Sayed Bilal Fatimi, a political analyst.
“Pakistan’s leaders are acting like political professionals against Afghanistan. This is why they always remaina key link between the world and Afghanistan,” said Asadullah Nadim, a political analyst.
It has been more than one year since the Islamic Emirate came into power, and no world country has recognized it yet.
Analysts believe that such problems will add to economic challenges.