The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani on Thursday, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said on X, adding that Jilani “underscored the importance of collective approaches to promote prosperity and development for the people of Afghanistan.”
The US special envoy earlier said that he had kicked off traveling to Pakistan, the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia on December 5-15.
“He reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to work with international partners to this end," Pakistan MoFA said.
But the Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said that the visits of the US special envoy to the region are not beneficial for Afghanistan.
“I think these visits were made previously as well. It doesn’t benefit Afghanistan. Maybe the agenda is in the US interest but it doesn’t serve the interest of Afghanistan,” he said.
Political analysts said that the meeting of the US special envoy with Pakistan's foreign minister is important to improve the situation of the Afghan refugees as well as to resolve challenges with Kabul and Islamabad relations.
“Every meeting which takes place benefits our country and it will benefit the Afghan refugees being returned to Afghanistan,” said Moen Gul Samkanai, a political analyst.
“I hope the meetings of Thomas West with the Foreign Minister and other officials of Pakistan prevent the deportation of Afghan refugees,” said Ahmad Khan Andar, a political analyst.
This comes as the Pakistan Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, earlier said that multiple meetings will happen in the ongoing week between US and Pakistani officials.