Letter to PM: Trump seeks Pakistan's help in solving Afghan Taliban issue

Why has Donald Trump just written a personal letter to Imran Khan?

Trump asks Pakistan PM for help with Afghan peace talks: minister

Khan said the Pakistan Army and his government "are on the same page" and his decisions are "backed" by the military. "He has asked for Pakistan's cooperation to bring the Taliban into talks".

The ministry welcomed the US president's outreach, saying "Pakistan has always advocated a political settlement to end war in Afghanistan". The United States remains committed to supporting the Afghan people's desire for peace, and to facilitating a political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban that ensures Afghanistan never serves as a platform for worldwide terrorism again, the statement said. In this regard, he has sought Pakistan's support and facilitation.

"President Trump has written a letter", Chaudhry told Reuters news agency on Monday.

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will travel to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar with an interagency delegation from December 2 to 20, the US Department of State said in a statement on Sunday.

Trump wants to end a 17-year-old war between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, who are fighting to drive out global forces and establish their version of strict Islamic law.

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An NSC spokesperson described the letter in a statement as asking for "full support for the USA -led Afghan peace process", but the phrase "U.S. -led" was later removed.

In a televised interview to selected journalists in the evening, Khan said his government would "try our best to make the Afghan Taliban sit together with the Americans so that negotiations can be carried forward", without giving further details.

Pakistani officials, who deny offering safe havens to the Afghan Taliban, say their influence on the group has waned over the years.

At an global conference on Afghanistan in Geneva last Monday, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani said a 12-person Afghan negotiating team has been prepared for peace talks.

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