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US, Pakistani top diplomats talks Afghan cooperation

Mike Pompeo, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, also address Iran, increased economic ties, according to State Department

Michael Gabriel Hernandez   | 17.01.2020
US, Pakistani top diplomats talks Afghan cooperation FILE PHOTO

WASHINGTON

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed on Friday a series of issues, including the importance of bilateral cooperation in bringing a long-elusive peace to Afghanistan.

The leaders also addressed Iran, and increased economic relations, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a brief statement following their meeting.

Pompeo's meeting with Qureshi comes amid reports that the Afghan Taliban have presented the U.S. with a proposal that would reduce hostilities for a number of days to allow peace talks to resume.

Pakistani and Taliban negotiators are also meeting in Doha, Qatar for informal talks, according to reports.

On Thursday, Qureshi also met with the leadership of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee at Capitol Hill, including Senators James Risch, Bob Menendez, Mitt Romney and Chris Murphy.

They discussed the U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationship, the situation in South Asia, the Afghan peace process and recent developments in the Middle East.

During the talks, Qureshi briefed the U.S. lawmakers on India's lockdown in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and its implications for regional security.

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