WASHINGTON: The United States has expressed hope for building on coordination along militancy-hit Pakistan-Afghanistan border, as a top envoy for the region dismissed the allegation that Islamabad did not want stability on that border. “I would disagree. I think it is in the interest of all countries in the region to have stability along that border —- we have to all work for the common purpose,” Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Daniel Feldman said.
Feldman, who this summer will assume position as the US. Special Representative for the region, was responding to a question at the Washington Foreign Press Center, when a journalist tried to suggest that Pakistan did not want to stabilize the restive Afghan border. When his attention was drawn to Pakistani demand that Kabul stop TTP leader leader Mullah Fazalullah from using Afghan soil for carrying out attacks on Pakistani security forces, Feldman noted that Pakistan and Afghanistan make many efforts to coordinate through diplomatic, military and multilateral channels.
“I am hopeful that we can continue to build on (that) coordination.” He said the US. works with both countries to address terrorism threats. Feldman updated the Washington-based journalists on progress in audit of the Afghan presidential run-off vote and said international observers are also part of the process underway to resolve complaints of electoral irregularities. Washington, he said, is committed to assisting a democratic Afghanistan but added it is for Afghans to explain details how they intend to form a government of national unity.
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