US stands with Pakistan against terrorism: Thomas


The United States Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, Saturday conveyed Washington’s resolve to “stand with Pakistan” in its fight against terrorism and challenges posed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Concluding his crucial two-day visit to Islamabad, the US envoy said he held meetings on regional security and protection of Afghan refugees, among other important matters.

Taking to his official account on X, formerly Twitter, the American diplomat also shared the details of his meetings with Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani, Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir, Pakistan’s Special Representative on Afghanistan Asif Durrani, and Interior Secretary Aftab Akbar Durrani.

“We are also grateful for close communication with Islamabad i.e. refugee protection issues, including collaboration with IOs and humane and dignified treatment,” the official added.

To discuss the issues surrounding the Afghan refugees in Pakistan, who make up a large number of “illegal foreigners,” the US envoy also spent valuable time with the leadership of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organisation for Migration in Islamabad during which supporting the most vulnerable and at-risk Afghans came under discussion.

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