A White House official on Tuesday (Dec 4) confirmed that US President Donald Trump has requested Pakistan for help and support in Afghanistan Peace process. Earlier Prime Minister Imran Khan had claimed that Trump has sent a letter to him, seeking Pakistan’s cooperation to bring the Taliban into talks.
The letter was not shared with media, but U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters before the start of his meeting with his Indian counterpart, “We are looking for every responsible nation to support peace in the subcontinent and across this war in Afghanistan,” “It is time for everyone to get on board”. The letter recognizes that “Pakistan has the ability to deny the Taliban sanctuary on its territory,” the spokesperson said adding that the letter also makes clear that “Pakistan’s assistance with the Afghan peace process is fundamental to building an enduring US-Pakistan partnership.”
Earlier US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad accompanied by an interagency delegation has arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday (Dec 4) to meet Pakistan’s civil-military leadership and hold talks, said US State Department’s press release.
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17 November, 2019