Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency visits Pakistan and India to discuss Afghanistan

Islamabad-US CIA Director William Burns flew to India and Pakistan this week to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and the region and the way forward.

In Islamabad on Wednesday, Burns met with the commander-in-chief of the Pakistani army, General Kamal Javed Bajwa, and the Pakistani intelligence chief, Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid.

A press release issued by the military’s public relations department said: “Reaffirm that Pakistan remains committed to working with its international partners to achieve peace in the region and ensure that the Afghan people have a stable and prosperous future.”

The chaotic and often chaotic process of evacuating foreigners and Afghans in danger from Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign troops is also under discussion. Burns expressed his appreciation that “Pakistan is in [the] The situation in Afghanistan, including successful evacuation operations,” the press release said.

Pakistan has cooperated with multiple countries (including several countries in Europe) to help hundreds of people (many of whom are considered to be in danger under the leadership of the Taliban government) to leave Afghanistan through its land borders and provide them with landing Visa or other transit documents.

Taliban allows Americans and other Westerners to leave Kabul by plane

But some Americans and hundreds of Afghan allies are still stranded in Mazar-i-Sharif

The Pakistani Embassy in Kabul also issued hundreds of visas to Afghans at the request of embassies, media organizations and other non-governmental organizations.

Burns visited New Delhi on Tuesday after visiting Kabul last month. U.S. officials said he met with Abdul Ghani Baradar, the supreme political leader of the Taliban. According to reports, the talks were conducted during negotiations on the evacuation of personnel from Afghanistan.

Burns’ visit to India also coincided with the visit of Russian intelligence chief Nikolai Patrushev. Last week, British Intelligence Director Richard Moore traveled to India.

According to Indian media reports, all three spy leaders will meet with Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval and others to discuss security issues related to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

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During the meeting with the Indians, Burns discussed the possibility of developing a joint strategy for Afghanistan. A senior source in the Indian government told VOA because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

According to the official, their discussions included regional responses to the Taliban takeover, with a focus on China.

According to a French news agency, China welcomed the Taliban’s announcement of the establishment of a temporary cabinet, calling it “a necessary step to restore order.”

Announcement of the U.S. assessing the Taliban caretaker government

The lineup includes Sirajadine Haqqani, the head of the Haqqani network designated by the United States as a global terrorist organization

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a weekly news conference on Thursday that China also hopes that the Taliban “unites all ethnic groups and factions, builds a broad and inclusive political structure, and pursues a moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policy.” He said the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries also expressed this view at a virtual meeting led by Pakistan on Wednesday.

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He also said that all parties at the meeting believed that “the United States and its allies are the chief culprit in the Afghan issue” and that “it is more obligated than any other country to provide economic, livelihood and humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.”

China has pledged to provide approximately US$30 million in aid to Afghanistan in response to its humanitarian crisis, including the first batch of 3 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

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Director of the Central Intelligence Agency visits Pakistan and India to discuss Afghanistan
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