US Envoy Affirms Support for Pakistan in Fight Against Terrorism

Sat Dec 09 2023
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ISLAMABAD: The United States Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, concluded a two-day visit to Islamabad, expressing Washington’s commitment to standing with Pakistan in its fight against terrorism, particularly the challenges posed by the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

During his visit, West held crucial meetings with Pakistan’s Caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir, Special Representative on Afghanistan Asif Durrani, and Interior Secretary Aftab Akbar Durrani.


In a statement, West highlighted the importance of the discussions on regional security and the protection of Afghan refugees. He underscored the imperative to address the security challenges posed by the TTP.

Close Communication Between Pakistan and US

The US envoy acknowledged the ongoing repatriation efforts and discussions on refugee protection issues, expressing gratitude for close communication with Islamabad. He mentioned the US’s contribution of $77 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and $9 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for addressing the needs of vulnerable Afghans, including those affected by recent earthquakes.

West also took the opportunity to meet with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, praising their courage. He thanked Pakistan, UNHCR, IOM, and other partners for their efforts.

The visit comes as part of a series of high-level engagements between the US and Pakistan, reflecting discussions on various issues, including Afghanistan, and regional security.

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Julieta Valls Noyes led a previous US delegation.

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