Gen. Scott Miller, Commander of US Forces and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, met with Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa Thursday at the army headquarters in Rawalpindi where they discussed Afghan reconciliation, Pakistani military said.
Issues of mutual interest with particular reference to regional security and ongoing Afghan reconciliation process were discussed during the meeting, according to a statement from the army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations.
The army said the US commander and the Pakistan army chief expressed unanimity of views on importance of political resolution of Afghan situation and underlined that only an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive process can lead to peace in Afghanistan.
“They also reaffirmed the need for continuing harmonized efforts against terrorists and for effective border management,” the statement said.
Bajwa said Pakistan is committed to efforts for peace in Afghanistan as it is important for peace in Pakistan.
The visit comes amid an increasing effort by the Afghan government and the international community, US on the top, to find a political settlement in Afghanistan.
In a meeting with Nangarhar governor on December 22, Miller assured that they will continue to support the Afghan forces even if they get an order about troop withdrawal – an issue which Miller says is rumors by “newspapers”.
“I have seen the same rumors I have from the newspapers but all I would assure you is first of all I have no orders, so nothing changed,” he said in the meeting.
Miller said their support to Afghan forces will continue in the same level.