Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Trump expresses willingness to meet Pakistan’s new administration

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said that he wants a good relationship with Pakistan and is looking forward to meeting the new leadership in Pakistan.

The US President underscored that his administration has initiated peace talks with the Taliban. He also announced that a meeting with the new leadership of Pakistan will take place “very soon”.

In televised comments to reporters during a cabinet meeting, Donald Trump urged other countries, specifically Russia, Pakistan, and India, to become more involved in the fighting in Afghanistan.

Earlier, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham, who is considered close to President Trump, told CNN in an interview that if Pakistan helped the US in bringing the Taliban to the table for negotiations, then the US would focus on counter terrorism and the IS.

The Republican Senator wants the US to offer Pakistan a free trade agreement as an incentive for Islamabad to push the Taliban to the peace table to end the Afghan war.

Just a month ago, Trump had written a letter to PM Imran Khan, seeking Pakistan s help with stuttering Afghan peace talks and support in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to end the 17-year brutal war in the neighbouring country.

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