Statement on the Conclusion of Special Representative Khalilzad’s Visit to Pakistan

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Islamabad from April 5 to 6 to continue discussions with the Pakistani civilian and military leadership on the status of the Afghanistan peace process.  Special Representative Khalilzad met with Foreign Minister Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Janjua, and Chief of Army Staff Bajwa.  In his meetings, Ambassador Khalilzad thanked the Pakistani leaders for their assistance in facilitating the travel of the Taliban’s negotiating team.  Both sides discussed how peace in Afghanistan will also benefit Pakistan and can unlock opportunities for regional economic integration and development.  The United States looks to Pakistan to continue playing a positive role in supporting the peace process.