ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin has praised Pakistan’s role in bringing peace to Afghanistan.

The Pentagon said in a statement that Lloyd Austin “thanked Islamabad for its continued support for the Afghan peace process” in a telephone conversation with Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa.

Pentagon chief praises Pakistan's role in Afghan Peace Process
Pentagon chief praises Pakistan’s role in Afghan Peace Process | PC: PBS News

The Secretary of Defense called the Army Chief on his return from Afghanistan.

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Lloyd Austin made an unannounced visit on Sunday to understand the situation in Afghanistan.

Lloyd Austin, meanwhile, assured the Army Chief that the United States wants to continue its cooperation with Pakistan in areas of “common interest”.

According to the statement, the Secretary of Defense reiterated the United States’ commitment to maintaining strong bilateral defense ties with Pakistan and thanked Islamabad for its continued support for the Afghan peace process.

At a news conference in Kabul, Lloyd Austin stressed the need to bring the Afghan war to a “responsible conclusion”.

He refused to give a deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

Earlier, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin raised human rights and democracy issues with Indian leaders during his visit to India.

It should be noted that the Taliban had threatened Washington with dire consequences if it did not abide by the May 1 agreement for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has said it is reviewing an agreement reached with the administration of former US President Donald Trump and the Taliban.

Biden told ABC News in an interview that May 1 could be the deadline, but that it would not be long if the deadline was extended.

Taliban leader Sohail Shaheen had said, “We hope that this will not happen. They will give up and we will focus on a solution to the Afghan problem and a peaceful settlement so that a political roadmap can be reached and a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire Could be

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