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Trump urges Pakistan to support Afghanistan peace talks

IANS  |  Islamabad 

said on Monday that US has written a letter to seeking Islamabad's assistance in the Afghan peace process.

In the letter, Trump asked to play its role in Afghan peace talks aimed at catalyzing an end to the 17-year invasion of by US troops, said the in a statement.

According to the ministry, Trump recognized that the war came at a significant cost for his country as well as for Pakistan, and underlined that both countries should explore ways to work together.

"The US decision is welcomed. reiterates its commitment to play a facilitation role in good faith," said the statement.

The Pakistani confirmed he received a letter from Trump earlier in the day. He said that had been apologetic in its relations with the US but his government has dealt with the country on equal terms.

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

The US leader's plea to came two weeks after the former had accused of sheltering Trump had said that despite paying the country $1.3 billion, had done nothing for

had rejected Trump's accusations and claimed the US was using his country as a scapegoat for its failures in

In January, the US had announced the suspension of a large part of its security aid to Pakistan until it took decisive measures against terror groups on its soil, such as the

The US and Afghanistan for years have accused Pakistan of providing shelter to the Taliban's Haqqani network, a claim Islamabad denies.



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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 20:16 IST