US National Security Adviser Arrives in Afghanistan Days after MOAB Strike

US National Security Adviser Arrives in Afghanistan Days after MOAB Strike
US National Security Adviser Arrives in Afghanistan Days after MOAB Strike
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18 April, 2017

This is the first visit by a us official since the usa military dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used Thursday killing 94 militants in eastern Afghanistan.

He said his country will also work with Pakistan towards the shared objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful neighbourhood and apprised the US NSA of the steps taken by Pakistan to reach out to both India and Afghanistan, the statement said.

A statement from Pakistan's Foreign Affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz said that Islamabad remained committed to working for peace and reconciliation in neighbouring Afghanistan, and that Pakistani officials had discussed efforts to secure the border.

On his first visit to the country as President Donald Trump's envoy, McMaster said on Twitter he was set to hold "very important talks on mutual cooperation" with President Ashraf Ghani and other top officials.

Sharing his concerns over the deteriorating security in Afghanistan and the continuing impasse, Sharif conveyed Pakistan's readiness to work with the worldwide community to explore ways to solve the Afghan crisis, it said.

The Trump administration has also scaled up the air campaign against the Taliban, best on display Thursday with the use of the largest non-nuclear bomb in the military's arsenal on the Islamic State.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed hope that the new US administration might mediate between Pakistan and longtime foe India over the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir.

McMaster's visit to Kabul came shortly after the U.S. bomb strike on Afghanistan's eastern province.

Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan and the USA have been close friends over decades and that a continued strong partnership remained critical to promoting peace and stability in the wider region.

On relations with India, the prime minister reiterated his firm conviction on sustained dialogue and meaningful engagement as the only way forward to resolve all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India including the Kashmir issue.

India has already rejected any role for the U.S. in mediating between New Delhi and Islamabad.

General McMaster thanked the Adviser and acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifices in combating extremism and terrorism. McMaster's visit was a part of regional consultations that included a stop in Kabul yesterday.


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