Pak and US NSAs meet in Geneva for crucial discussions
Pakistani and US National Security Advisers (NSAs) met in Geneva on Sunday in a first high-level face-to-face contact since taking over the Biden administration.
“The national security advisers of Pakistan and the United States of America met yesterday in Geneva. The two sides had a positive conversation on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest and agreed to advance practical cooperation on these issues, ”read Monday in a joint statement released by the office of the United Nations. NSA and the White House.
The meeting between Dr Moeed Yusuf of the Pakistani NSA and his US counterpart Jake Sullivan is seen as significant in the context of the current situation in Afghanistan, which observers say will determine the future of Pakistani cooperation.
Both parties are keeping a low profile on the meeting and there is no explanation yet as to why they have opted for a third country for the meeting.
However, diplomatic sources said a joint statement from the meeting is expected to be released later today (Monday).
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Moeed was only named the NSA last week by the government, which abolished the office after coming to power.
The meeting appears to be necessitated by the current situation in Afghanistan, where there is a stalemate after little progress in intra-Afghan talks.
The withdrawal of US troops has threatened to continue instability, and Washington, along with other countries in the region, is keen to seek a political agreement before the last US soldier leaves the war-ravaged country on September 11.
In addition to establishing peace in Afghanistan, improving the overall bilateral relationship is also a priority for Pakistan.
The NSA is believed to have traveled to Geneva with a brief considering the country’s plan on how to expand ties with the United States beyond Afghanistan.
Pakistan does not want its relations with the United States to be security-oriented, and Washington must not look at Islamabad through the same prism that it sees China or India.