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Trump writes to Imran Khan; seeks help in bringing Taliban to negotiating table

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

US has written to Imran Khan, seeking Pakistan's support in bringing the to the negotiating table to end the 17-year brutal war in trouble-torn Afghanistan, officials here said on Monday.

The development came weeks after Trump said does not do "a damn thing" for the US, alleging that had helped hide near its garrison city of

The (FO) said that the President, in a letter, has sought Pakistan's cooperation in bringing the to negotiating table.

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

The also acknowledged that the war had cost both the US and Pakistan, and emphasised that both the countries "should explore opportunities to work together and renew partnership".

welcomes the decision to explore ways for a political settlement of the Afghan issue, the FO said.

"Since has always advocated a political settlement to end the war in Afghanistan, US decision is welcomed," it said.

Pakistan also reiterated its commitment to play a facilitation role in good faith, stressing that peace and stability in was a shared responsibility.

Last month, the said that the US has suspended USD 1.66 billion in security assistance to Pakistan after Trump's directive.

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 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 where the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers since late 2001, when it invaded the country after the 9/11 terror attacks.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 18:25 IST