NSAs from Pakistan and the United States meet to discuss an Afghan settlement

31th July, 2021

NSAs from Pakistan and the United States meet to discuss an Afghan settlement

Moeed Yusuf, Pakistan's national security adviser, met with Jake Sullivan, his American counterpart, in Washington, to highlight the urgent need for a reduction in bloodshed and a "negotiated" political settlement in Afghanistan.
The two leaders met for the second time, the first being in Geneva in March. Mr. Yusuf tweeted early this morning, "Had a nice follow-up meeting with NSA Jake Sullivan today in Washington." He claimed the two sides "took stock of progress made since our Geneva meeting and discussed bilateral, regional, and global topics of mutual importance," and that they "decided to maintain the momentum in Pak-US bilateral cooperation."
By August 31, violence had increased in Afghanistan, and efforts to mediate a peace deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban insurgents had halted. The Pakistani delegation, which arrived in Washington three days ago, is meeting with senior US officials, senators, think-tank experts, and media representatives to convey its perspective. According to the source, it is unclear whether ISI Director General Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, who is also in Washington for the negotiations, attended the meeting between the two NSAs.