Zalmay Khalilzad seeks Pakistan's help for Afghan peace

08:09 PM | 4 Dec, 2018
Zalmay Khalilzad seeks Pakistan's help for Afghan peace
ISLAMABAD - US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday and held discussions with top civilian leaders.

During his meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the US envoy reiterated US President Donald Trump’s desire to seek Pakistan’s cooperation for peace and stability in Afghanistan; Qureshi assured the US side of Pakistan’s unwavering support for a negotiated settlement in the war-battered area.

The US envoy also held a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in which officials from diplomatic, security and defence from both sides were present.

According to Foreign Office spokesman, Dr Mohammad Faisal peace and political settlement in Afghanistan were discussed during the huddle.

Khalilzad, accompanied by an inter-agency delegation, will travel to Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar during his 18-day tour, from Dec 2 to 20.

“Special Representative Khalilzad will be in communication with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other Afghan stakeholders to coordinate closely on efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government and other Afghans,” a US State Department press release stated.

The US special representative to Afghanistan will meet Afghan government officials and other parties to work on Afghan peace process for which the Trump administration, as well as Russia, is toiling hard.

Khalilzad last visited the region in November, where he met with members of the Afghan civil society and other government officials to find common grounds for peace talks.

Khalilzad’s visit comes days after US President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking Pakistan’s assistance in the Afghan peace process.

The US president has also sought Pakistan’s assistance to bring the Taliban leadership to the negotiating table, Imran Khan disclosed in a conversation withTV anchors.

Trump’s letter comes on the heels of accusations by the Republican leader who alleged that Pakistan had done nothing for US.

In an interview with Fox News on Nov 18, the US leader had referred to the suspension of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) and defended his move to block the release of funds to Islamabad.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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