US seeks Pakistan’s help for reconciliation in Afghanistan

US Sec of State Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON: In given resisting scenario in Afghanistan, the United States has decided to seek help from Islamabad.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken by phone with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss the process of political reconciliation in Afghanistan and other issues.
A statement released on Thursday by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo and Gen Bajwa discussed ways to advance US Pakistan bilateral relations, the need for political reconciliation in Afghanistan and the importance of targeting all militant and terrorist groups in South Asia without distinction.
Pakistan hosted the first direct peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban in 2015, but they ended when Kabul announced the death of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammed Omar.
Washington has talked up the prospects for peace many times and Pakistan has said it will help to ensure its neighbour’s stability.

Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa

Earlier this year, US had assured Pakistan that it does not want to sever bilateral ties with this important ally while Islamabad extended its “wholehearted support” to the US-backed Afghan offer of peace talks with the Taliban. The statements had supplement renewed efforts to improve relations between the US and Pakistan which were once close allies in the war against terror. Ceasefire in Afghanistan Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani announced Thursday a temporary ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that caps off the holy month of Ramadan, though it was not immediately clear if the Taliban had agreed.
The ceasefire will last “from the 27th of Ramadan until the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr,” the president tweeted from an official account. The 27th day of Ramadan is set for Monday, June 11 while the fifth day of Eid should fall on June 15.