Islamabad welcomes President Trump's approach regarding Afghan peace


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

President Donald Trump has reached out to Pakistan's prime minister, sending Imran Khan a letter seeking Islamabad's co-operation in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to end the 17-year war in neighbouring Afghanistan, officials have said. "He has emphasized that Pakistan and U.S. should explore opportunities to work together and renew partnership".

The minister further mentioned that the policies of the United States do not match with country's strategic interests and the war on terror after the 9/11 led to death and destruction in Pakistan, adding the USA policies with regard to China and Iran are not in favor of Pakistan.

Qureshi has assured the United States side of Pakistan's steadfast support for a negotiated settlement in war-torn Afghanistan.

McKenzie said the US CENTCOM would continue to support the State Department as it works towards a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Afghanistan which includes ensuring that Islamabad's equities are acknowledged in any future agreement.

The overture to Khan represents a sea change from Trump's normally harsh rhetoric towards Pakistan, and will add to growing speculation that the United States is planning to pull out of Afghanistan in the near future.

In his tweet, the U.S. president alleged that America paid Pakistan billions of dollars and they never told them that Osama was living there.

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McKenzie emphasized that, while the military effort in Afghanistan is at a stalemate, diplomacy "is alive and being vigorously pursued now by [U.S. envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalizad] and other actors in the region". He stressed that all Afghans must have a say in creating a sustainable peace for Afghanistan. The U.S. military has lost more than 2,400 service members and spent almost a trillion dollars since the war started in 2001.

The HPC spokesman Sayed Ehsan Taheri said they hope Khalilzad's visit to Islamabad would help in the Afghanistan peace process emphasizing that they want peace talks to be held direct between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Following Trump sends letter to Pakistan for help, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday.

On the occasion, Imran Khan had said that Trump has asked for Pakistan's assistance for negotiation with Afghan Taliban.

Khalilzad, accompanied by an interagency delegation, will travel to Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar during his 18-day tour, from Dec 2 to 20.

"For the Afghans who have died, it's an attempt to come to a long, peaceful political settlement in their country".