"We've always said that any reconciliation process in Afghanistan would be Afghan-led, Afghans talking to Afghans. Obviously, Pakistan has a stake in an outcome there... We certainly have discussions with them about Afghanistan and the future security and stability of the country," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

Psaki, however, did not confirm the killing of an al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan.

"I don't have any confirmations in the United States. I'd certainly refer you to the Government of Pakistan. We obviously work closely on counterterrorism operations," she said.

On the fresh protests against the Nawaz Sharif dispensation in Pakistan, Psaki said the US works closely with the elected government there. "That will continue. We also support peaceful protests around the world," she added.

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