Trump wants Pakistan and Imran Khan to help with Afghanistan conundrum, pens letter

ISLAMABAD: US President Donald Trump has written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking Pakistan’s assistance in the Afghan peace process, it was revealed on Monday.

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Prime Minister Imran, in a meeting with TV anchors and reporters in the federal capital, informed that he received a letter from the US president earlier today. 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 US troops.

Trump has also sought Pakistan’s assistance in bringing the Taliban leadership to the negotiating table, Prime Minister Imran disclosed.

The letter comes days after the US president launched another tirade at Pakistan, alleging that the country “would take our money and do nothing for us.”

“….We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another. They were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That’s ENDING!” Trump had tweeted on November 19.

Prime Minister Imran, in a series of tweets, had fired back at the US leader, saying the record needed to be “put straight”.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed to Reuters that Trump had written the letter.

Prime Minister Imran told journalists that previously, Pakistan had been apologetic in its relations with the United States but his government has dealt with the country on equal terms.

He assured that Pakistan would play any role possible for peace in Afghanistan.

Pakistan was among the countries that met in Geneva, Switzerland on November 27, 2018 on Afghan reforms and peace prospects in the region. During the two-day conference, Afghan leaders and international diplomats evaluated whether strategies and aid offered to Afghanistan were helping resolve the quagmire created by the prolonged war, paving way for the withdrawal of foreign troops.

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