Trump writes to Imran Khan, seeks Pakistan’s help in Afghanistan

Elias Hubbard
Декабря 4, 2018

Khan revealed to a group of local journalists that he received the letter Monday morning and promised Pakistan will make "all possible efforts" to help with the Afghan peace process.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal later issued a formal statement giving further details.

Imtiaz Gul, a Pakistani analyst, said Trump's letter indicates there is a realization within the US administration that Pakistan's co-operation is vital to ensuring peace in Afghanistan.

In the letter, Trump has asked Pakistan to play its role in Afghan peace talks which are aimed at catalysing an end to the 17-year invasion of Afghanistan by U.S. troops. This was the first direct communication between the two leaders since Imran Khan became the country's PM in August.

The U.S. embassy in Islamabad had no immediate comment on the letter. Pakistan reiterates its commitment to play a facilitation role in good faith. Peace and stability in Afghanistan remain a shared responsibility.

Khalilzad will meet officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium and the United Arab Emirates, as part of the push for talks.

President Trump has also acknowledged that the war had cost both US and Pakistan.

He further said that the USA president had lauded Pakistan's role and stressed over achieving peace.

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. Trump wants to end a 17-year-old war between Afghan security forces and the Afghan Taliban militants, who are fighting to drive out global forces and establish their version of strict Islamic law. The U.S. military has lost more than 2,400 service members and spent almost a trillion dollars since the war started in 2001.

USA special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, talks with local reporters at the US embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2018. But Afghan Taliban militants last month rejected the proposed deadline and said a three-day meeting in Qatar between their leaders and Khalilzad, to pave the way for peace talks, ended with no agreement.

The increase brings the policy rate into double digits amid reports that the move is linked to the government's ongoing talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package.

U.S. officials accuse Islamabad of ignoring or even collaborating with groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, which attack Afghanistan from safe havens along the border between the two countries.

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