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Pak presses US for reconciliation in Afghanistan

ANI  |  Islamabad [Pakistan] 

on Saturday highlighted the need for reconciliation in

on a two-day visit to stressed the need for restarting the process of reconciliation in

She held two high-level meetings at the and the State Department respectively during her visit to on Friday.

"The meetings went off very well. There's a sense of positivity that they want to strengthen their relationship with Pakistan," was quoted by the Dawn, as saying.

"There was also a great deal of focus on peace and reconciliation in and, both sides welcomed Afghan Ashraf Ghani's recent peace offer to the Taliban," said Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary, who attended both meetings.

Gen. Joseph L. Votel, who heads the was included in the US team for the talks.

Gen. Votel's inclusion in the team was supported by as he has always strongly advocated maintaining a strong relationship with

"They do realise Pakistan's importance, repeatedly said it, and stressed it yesterday too," said Janjua when asked if Gen Votel was the only US who considered an important ally.

She pointed out that she had come to on a "reach-out" visit, but when US officials learned about it they arranged high-level meetings, reflecting the fact that Washington continued to value this important relationship.

"We told them that this is a long-term relationship, which needs a structured dialogue process," Janjua said.

Janjua further pointed out at 'many actors' in Afghanistan and suggested that they might not be completely in support of reconciliation efforts.

"We can only play a facilitative role, she added.

The last US-Pakistan strategic ministerial process was held in Washington in February 2016.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 18:55 IST