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Pakistan envoy to Washington calls for China and US cooperation to combat terrorism in Afghanistan

Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington, Masood Khan, called on Thursday for China and the United States to cooperate in eliminating the threat of terrorism in Afghanistan. He warned that the threat could spread to the region and beyond if it is not addressed.

According to Pakistani newspaper, Dawn, Masood Khan said that both the United States and China are concerned about the growth of terrorism in Afghanistan. He called for cooperation between the two countries to eliminate the threat, warning that if it is not addressed, it will spread to other parts of the region and beyond.

The Pakistan envoy, according to the newspaper, emphasized the role of Pakistan in stabilizing Afghanistan, given that terrorism in Afghanistan poses a significant threat to Pakistan.

He said that Afghanistan’s stability is imperative, first and foremost, for its own people who suffered grievously over the past four decades of war.  

The US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Elizabeth Horst, also underscored that both Pakistan and the US want a region where terrorists pose no threats and borders are respected.

Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, Pakistani officials have expressed increasing concern about the spread of terrorism in the country. Pakistani authorities assert that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fighters, who orchestrate attacks against Pakistan’s security forces, have taken shelter in Afghanistan.