ISLAMABAD: Alice Wells, the soon-to-be-outgoing US government official for South and Central Asia, praised Pakistan for its “solid cooperation” for peace in Afghanistan and highlighted the future of bilateral relations with Islamabad’s continued support.
“Last year we saw solid support from diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad and Pakistan’s civilian military-leadership to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table,” she was quoted as saying in an online media briefing.
She emphasized that the “strong partnership between the United States and Pakistan is based on our constructive work together for peace.”
Alice Wells, principal deputy secretary of the US State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, is retiring this month, and this was her last official media briefing.
Alice Wells called on the Afghan government and the Taliban to unite and fight ISIS Khorasan, which is involved in a number of serious attacks, including last week’s brutal attack on a maternity hospital in Afghanistan.