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Trump seeks Pakistan’s support in peace talks with Afghan Taliban

US President Donald Trump on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan and urged Pakistan to play its role in the Afghan peace process.

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

Pakistani PM Imran chaired a meeting with TV anchors and reporters in Islamabad and informed the attendees that a letter was received from the US president earlier in the day.

In the letter, Trump has asked: “Pakistan to play its role in Afghan peace talks which are aimed at catalyzing an end to the 17-year invasion of Afghanistan by US troops.”

PM Imran further said that Trump has asked for Pakistan’s help in “bringing the Taliban leadership to the negotiating table”.

The letter from the US president came after a war of words between the two head of the states.

Imran further added that he had always believed only dialogue could bring stability in Afghanistan.

Last month, Trump said in an interview Pakistan doesn’t “do a damn thing” for the United States despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid, adding that Pakistani officials knew of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s location before his killing by U.S. troops in a 2011 raid inside Pakistan.

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