ISLAMABAD, Apr 24, 2014 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) — The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador James Dobbins has opened talks with the Pakistani leaders on bilateral and regional issues, focusing on the situation in Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.
It is Dobbins’ first visit to Pakistan after the April 5 presidential elections in Afghanistan and officials say both sides will share thoughts about the post-NATO Afghanistan.
Ambassador Dobbins, who arrived here from Afghanistan, met the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday and exchanged views with him on a wide-range of issues. He will also meet Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and the Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif. “During the visit, views will be exchanged on the situation of Afghanistan. These meetings will also provide an opportunity to discuss bilateral relations,”Foreign Ministry spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said.
Dobbins visited Islamabad in June, October and in December last year. He also accompanied Secretary of State John Kerry during the latter’s visit to Pakistan in July-August 2013.