ISLAMABAD: Three American officials are set to journey to Pakistan this month for consultations on various matters, including the Afghan situation, as announced by the Foreign Office in a statement on Sunday.
In a statement, FO representative Mumtaz Zahra Baloch mentioned that both nations are engaging in reciprocal visits aimed at expediting the consultation process. Notably, key US figures are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan in the upcoming days.
Islamabad has consistently held Kabul accountable for the surge in terrorist attacks and the use of Afghan resources to perpetrate assaults in its neighboring nation. Recently, Pakistan urged the Taliban-led government to hand over Hafiz Gul Bahadur following an attack in Bannu carried out by a terrorist associated with his group.
An Afghan suicide bomber targeted a security forces convoy on November 26, resulting in the martyrdom of two civilians and injuries to ten individuals, including three soldiers.
Additionally, Pakistan is actively deporting illegal Afghan residents due to an uptick in terrorist incidents within the country.
The statement confirmed that Julieta Valls Noyes, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, is slated to visit Pakistan from December 4 to 6. Noyes intends to engage with high-ranking government officials, as well as non-governmental and international organization partners.
Her agenda during the visit encompasses discussions on collaborative initiatives to safeguard vulnerable individuals and expedite the secure and efficient relocation and resettlement of Afghan refugees within the US immigration process.
Simultaneously, the FO spokesperson indicated that Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West will be in Islamabad from December 7 to 9, followed by the visit of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pakistan Elizabeth Horst from December 9 to 12.
“These visits form part of the ongoing discussions with the US on multiple issues, including the Afghan situation,” stated the spokesperson, emphasizing that the talks encompass more than solely the Afghanistan matter.