US special envoy in Pakistan for consultations with civil, military leaders




WASHINGTON: The United States Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Mr Dan Feldman on Tuesday arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit of the country.

The envoy held a meeting with Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and the two discussed bilateral ties and issues relating to the region and Afghanistan.

Both sides shared their resolve to improve and strengthen relations between Pakistan and the US.

Feldman is scheduled to meet with “a wide range of civilian and military officials as well as representatives from civil society” during his stay in Pakistan, a statement issued by the US State Department had said prior to the envoy’s departure.

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While the agenda of Feldman’s visit was not clearly stated by the State Department, his visit comes days before Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif’s week-long visit to the US.

High-level political contact between the two countries is also expected to resume in January next year, sources told Dawn.

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After concluding his visit to Pakistan, Feldman will leave for Beijing on Oct 30 for a two-day visit to China. In Beijing, Feldman will be joining a senior US delegation to participate in the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference.

“The conference is an important opportunity to discuss efforts by many in the region to expand political, security and economic support for Afghanistan,” the State Department said,

Special Representative Feldman will also conduct bilateral meetings with key Chinese counterparts to exchange views on the situation in Afghanistan.


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