Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan had met Khalilzad in the federal capital where the latter relayed Trump's message and said Washington wants Islamabad's support in seeking for a peaceful and political resolution in Afghanistan. Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal had on that occasion said that Baradar was released "at the USA request in order to move forward on the shared objective of pursuing a political settlement in Afghanistan".
Hours after Pak Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi assured Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad of his full support, a top American general told lawmakers that Pakistan in the last few years has not shown any indication of being a serious partner in the Afghan peace process.
"The foreign minister assured the U.S. side of Pakistan's steadfast support for a negotiated settlement", it said.
On this occasion, Ambassador of China Yao Jing appreciated Pakistan's continued hospitality to millions of Afghan refugees and expressed his country's desire to work for expanding trilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interests. "Peace and stability in Afghanistan remains a shared responsibility".
The nominated commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) voiced concern on Tuesday over the high casualty rate of Afghan security forces as the fight in the war-torn country is dragging into its 18th year. He has emphasized that Pakistan and United States of America should explore opportunities to work together and renew partnership.More news: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou to appear in Vancouver court for bail hearing
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Trump's subdued tone is certainly different from his angry Tweets where he recently hinted that Pakistan all along knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding and Pakistan "hadn't done a dam thing for us". Pakistan reiterates its commitment to play a facilitation role in good faith. "They have said all along that the negotiations in Afghanistan have to be Afghan-owned and Afghan-led". This is Khalilzad's third visit to Pakistan since September.
Khan hit back by saying the United States should not blame Pakistan for its failings in Afghanistan.
Officially allies in fighting terrorism, Pakistan and the United States have a complicated relationship, bound by Washington's dependence on Pakistan to supply its troops in Afghanistan, where the United States still has 14,000 troops, but plagued by accusations Islamabad is playing a double game.
At an worldwide conference on Afghanistan in Geneva last Monday, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani said a 12-person Afghan negotiating team has been prepared for peace talks.