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High-Level US Officials to Discuss Afghanistan and Bilateral Concerns in Pakistan

In important news, top officials from the United States are getting ready for diplomatic visits to Islamabad this December. The main focus of these visits will be discussions about Afghanistan and various issues important to both countries.

The Foreign Office (FO) shared this information in a statement on Sunday, highlighting the ongoing talks between Pakistan and the United States.

FO spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch pointed out that these discussions cover many different topics, not just the complex situation in Afghanistan.

Both countries are actively visiting each other to speed up these talks. In the next few days, important US leaders are expected to arrive in Pakistan for more discussions.

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Pakistan has consistently blamed Kabul for the increase in terrorist activities, connecting it to the misuse of Afghan resources like oil for attacks in Pakistan.

Recently, the Pakistani government asked the Taliban-led administration to hand over Hafiz Gul Bahadur after a terrorist attack in Bannu.

This attack on November 26 caused two civilian deaths and injured 10 people, including three soldiers.

Due to rising security concerns, Pakistan has been deporting illegal Afghan residents, linking their presence to more frequent terror attacks.

Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Julieta Valls Noyes, is scheduled to visit from December 4 to 6.

During her visit, she will talk with senior government officials and representatives from non-governmental and international organizations.

The discussions will focus on working together to protect vulnerable individuals and help Afghan refugees move safely and settle in the US.

At the same time, Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West will be in Islamabad from December 7 to 9, followed by the visit of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pakistan Elizabeth Horst from December 9 to 12.

FO spokesperson Baloch stressed that these engagements cover a wide range of issues, showing that the talks with the US go beyond just the situation in Afghanistan.

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