US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad calls on PM Imran

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad calls on PM Imran

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad calls on PM Imran

Addressing the ceremony, Foreign Minster Qureshi highlighted the generous hospitality extended by the people of Pakistan to their Afghan brothers and sister during the last four decades.

The meeting comes days after President Donald Trump reached out to Imran Khan, seeking his cooperation in ending the 17-year-old conflict.

The Pakistani statement quoted Khalilzad as saying that the USA leadership looked forward to working with Pakistan in furthering the shared goal of peace. "Pakistan must leverage their influence over the Taliban leadership to help compel them to come to the table for reconciliation negotiations".

McKenzie said that Afghan forces are still unable to effectively withstand the Taliban fighters, who now number about 60,000 in Afghanistan.

Khalilzad arrived on Tuesday in Islamabad and called on Qureshi, a foreign office statement said. "Peace and stability in Afghanistan remains a shared responsibility", President Trump was informed.

He said the USA leadership looked forward to working with Pakistan in furthering the shared goal of peace through a political settlement in Afghanistan. The ministry said the letter suggested the two countries "explore opportunities to work together and renew their partnership".

When Mr Trump levelled his accusation about bin Laden last month, Islamabad said "such baseless rhetoric ... was totally unacceptable".

It could also add to speculation in the region that the United States is seeking to withdraw from Afghanistan.

Khan hit back by saying the United States should not blame Pakistan for its failings in Afghanistan.

Donald Trump wants to end the conflict between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, who are fighting to drive out worldwide forces and re-establish their version of strict Islamic law after their 2001 defeat.

In the meet of Defence ministers, the U.S. has given a strong message to Pakistan to get on board with others who support peace like PM Narendra Modi. "He has asked for Pakistan's cooperation to bring the Taliban into talks". "That's a diplomatic effort to end the war", he added.

Pakistan is using Taliban as a shield against India instead of facilitating talks between the organisation and the Afghanistan government, the person nominated to command all United States troops in West Asia said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

It is believed that Mulla Baradar's release would help persuade Afghan Taliban to lay down arms and negotiate in new peace talks.

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