Islamabad, Oct 22: Visiting US special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman has said the US will continue to work with Pakistan “to counter terrorism in the region”, Xinhua reported Sunday.
Grossman met Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Islamabad to continue the conversation of how best the US and Pakistan could work together to identify “our shared interests and act on them jointly”, said the US embassy here in a statement.
“We have many shared interests including terrorism, supporting a stable and secure Afghanistan, increasing market access and economic opportunity, and supporting civilian democracy, tolerance, pluralism, and civil society.”
Grossman expressed his appreciation for Pakistan’s support for an Afghan political process, including through the US-Afghanistan-Pakistan Core Group.
“We want to work together to find ways to cooperate to make Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the region secure, stable, and prosperous,” the statement quoted the special envoy as saying after the meetings.
He said Pakistan and the US will also continue “important coordination” on the border to check militants’ movement.
According to Pakistani media, Grossman met Khar at the foreign ministry Saturday and underlined the importance of cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields.
During his talks with Kayani, Grossman discussed the situation in Afghanistan. According to a military official, they discussed Afghan peace and other matters of mutual concern.