Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director William Joseph Burns held a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed and on Thursday, discussing regional security and the developing situation in Afghanistan.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), it was reiterated in the meeting that Pakistan remains committed to cooperate with its international partners for peace in the region and ensuring a stable and prosperous future for Afghan people.
“During the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and current situation in Afghanistan were discussed,” the ISPR said in its press release.
The ISPR added that the CIA official had appreciated Pakistan’s role in Afghan situation including successful evacuation operations and efforts for regional stability.
The US dignitary has further pledged to play their role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.
US withdrawal from Afghanistan
After 20 years of war and occupation, the US withdrew its forces from Afghanistan on August 31, leaving the Afghan Taliban in power.
” They (Americans) could not achieve their goal through military operations [….] We do not have any doubt that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is a free and sovereign nation,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
The development came when the head of the US Central Command, Marine General Frank McKenzie announced the departure of last American troops sent to evacuate US citizens and Afghans.
Declaring war on terror, the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 after 9/11 attacks when the former Taliban regime refused to handover Al-Qaeda leadership–Osama bin Laden.
20 year later, after signing a deal with the US, the Taliban reclaimed its regime as they took over Kabul on August 15.