Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump seeks Imran Khan's help on Taliban talks

Trump seeks Imran Khan's help on Taliban talks

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry did not release the letter, but said it expressed Trump's commitment to achieving a negotiated settlement to the war in Afghanistan.

"Trump acknowledged that the war had cost both U.S. and Pakistan", the foreign ministry statement continued.

United States officials have always been pushing Pakistan to lean on the Taliban leadership, which Washington says is based in the country, to bring them to the negotiating table.

The ministry added that Pakistan is committed to playing "a facilitation role in good faith".

On Pakistan, Khalilzad said the USA wants Afghanistan to be at peace with itself and with its neighbors. Trump wants to end a 17-year-old war between Afghan security forces and the Afghan Taliban militants, who are fighting to drive out worldwide forces and establish their version of strict Islamic law.

The US special representative to Afghanistan will meet Afghan government officials and other parties to work on Afghan peace process. Asserting that Pakistan was serious to develop peaceful ties with all its neighbours, Khan claimed India was not ready to hold talks with the country due to the upcoming general elections.

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Last week, Khalilzad said that the Afghan people deserve peace and that they are at war for 40 years.

In a televised interview to selected journalists in the evening, Khan said his government would "try our best to make the Afghan Taliban sit together with the Americans so that negotiations can be carried forward", without giving further details.

The ministry welcomed the US president's outreach, saying "Pakistan has always advocated a political settlement to end war in Afghanistan".

In Trump's letter, "the president recognizes that Pakistan has the ability to deny the Taliban sanctuary on its territory".

Khan hit back by saying the United States should not blame Pakistan for its failings in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military said Sergeant Jason Mitchell McClary died of his injuries in Landstuhl, Germany, bringing the number of U.S. troops killed in the November 27 explosion in Ghazni to four.

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