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China welcomes Trump seeking Pakistan's help to end war in Afghanistan

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

on Tuesday welcomed US Donald Trump's move to seek Pakistan's support for his efforts to bring the to the negotiating table to end the 17-year brutal in

Trump has written to Imran Khan, seeking Islamabad's "assistance and facilitation in achieving a negotiated settlement of the Afghan war".

Commenting on the development, said, "we welcome sound interaction between and the US".

"Sound and steady development of Pakistan-US relations is conducive to the realisation of the reconstruction of as well as anti-terrorism endeavours," he said.

It is also conducive to regional peace and stability.

"We are pleased to see the improvement of their bilateral relations (and we) support their mutually beneficial cooperation and to step up communication on this issue," Geng said.

In the letter, Trump "stated that his most important regional priority was achieving a negotiated settlement of the Afghan In this regard, he has sought Pakistan's support and facilitation."

In Washington, a of the told that "the recognises that has the ability to deny the sanctuary on its territory...The letter also makes clear that Pakistan's assistance with the Afghan peace process is fundamental to building an enduring US-Pakistan partnership."

Since taking office, Trump has been very critical of Pakistan's lax attitude towards combatting terrorism.

Last month, Trump said Pakistan does not do "a damn thing" for the US, alleging that had helped hide near its garrison city of

Ties between the US and Pakistan strained after Trump, while announcing his and policy in August last year, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to "agents of chaos" that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned that it has "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists.

In September, the cancelled USD 300 million in military aid to for not doing enough against terror groups like the Haqqani Network and the active on its soil.

The Trump administration, in the recent months, has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America's longest in Afghanistan where the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers since late 2001, when it invaded the country after the 9/11 terror attacks.

The Taliban are fighting to flush out US-led international forces and re-establish their regime in Afghanistan after their ouster in 2001.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 16:15 IST