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PublishDate: Monday, October 22, 2012 18:43

Karzai meets US speical envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US have also an exclusive group to explore ways to push for the reconciliation process in Afghanistan ahead of the 2014 withdrawal of foreign troops.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday met with the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman in capital Kabul.

Presidential Palace Media office following a statement announced, “President Hamid Karzai met today afternoon with Marc Grossman, the United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan where in attendance to the meeting were General Doug Lute the US Deputy National Security Advisor, General John Allen Commander of NATO/US forces in Afghanistan and James Cunningham Ambassador of the United States to Afghanistan.”

The source futher added, “US Special Envoy briefed the President on his recent visit to Pakistan and the meetings and talks he has had with Pakistani officials on various issues including the Afghan peace process, combat against terrorism and extremism as well as efforts undertaken to counter Haqqani Network.”

According to the officials Taliban militants and Al-Qaeda insurgents use the northwestern tribal regions of Pakistan is sanctuaries to carry out attack against the Afghan and coalition security forces in Afghanistan.

The visit comes at a time when diplomatic efforts for solution of the longstanding Afghan problem are gaining momentum as the endgame approaches.

Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US have also an exclusive group to explore ways to push for the reconciliation process in Afghanistan ahead of the 2014 withdrawal of foreign troops.

Before his arrival, Grossman attended a meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) for Afghanistan in Ankara on Friday, which agreed to support further Afghan progress on establishing the parameters of an inclusive and transparent election process, and noted continued strong international support for Afghan-led reconciliation.

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