The much in-talk Donald Trump, President of the United States of America, wants to end the 17-year-old conflict between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, who are fighting to drive out international forces and reestablish their version of strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster.
The President has asked for Pakistan’s help with faltering Afghan peace talks in a letter to new Prime Minister Imran Khan in which the former clearly stated that Islamabad’s assistance was “fundamental” to the health of the two countries’ strained relationship; suggests a Trump administration official who chooses to remain anonymous.
Trump also said in the letter to Khan that he “recognizes that Pakistan has the ability to deny the Taliban sanctuary on its territory,” the official said. “The letter also makes clear that Pakistan’s assistance with the Afghan peace process is fundamental to building an enduring U.S.-Pakistan partnership.”
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US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stayed that it is time for everyone to support the efforts of the UN, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and all those who are trying to maintain peace in South Asia.
“We’re looking for every responsible nation to support peace in the sub-continent and across this war in Afghanistan that’s gone on now for 40 years,” he told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday as he welcomed Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for talks.
PM Imran Khan, Pakistan, acknowledging the letter, recently, said that, “In the letter, Trump has asked Pakistan to play its role in the Afghan peace talks which are aimed at catalyzing an end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan.”
Pakistan was one among several countries who had met in Geneva on November 27 to discuss reforms for Afghanistan and peace prospects in the region.