Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, Qamar Javed Bajwa, met with the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Pakistani media reported, saying that both sides discussed the situation in Afghanistan along with several other matters.
“Both sides had convergence on major international issues including Afghanistan and need for cooperation to avoid humanitarian crisis and improving peace and stability in the region,” the Express Tribune reported, citing the statement of the country’s military press wing.
Meanwhile, the European Union’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, in a meeting with the Minister of Justice, Abdul Hakim Sharai, stressed the need for bilateral cooperation to counter the terrorism threats in Afghanistan.
Political analysts give various opinions in this regard.
“The visit of Bajwa to Washington is very important for Afghanistan because it shows that the US and Pakistan are working together and the voice of Afghanistan has been undermined in issues related to Afghanistan—in this triangle of US, Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.
“If the Afghan neighbors play an important role, undoubtedly, the ground for peace and stability will be paved in Afghanistan,” said Sayed Javad Sijadi, an international relations analyst.
Earlier, the Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Buhtto Zardari in an interview with the Associated Press urged the international community to engage with the Islamic Emirate.
“To eliminate the terrorists, the Islamic Emirate should attempt to not allow people like Ayman al-Zawahiri and should seek paths to earn the trust of the neighboring and regional countries, as well as the people,” said Wahid Faqiri, an international relations analyst.