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Trump, Imran to discuss intra-Afghan dialogue

Trump, Imran to discuss intra-Afghan dialogue

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Jul 20, 2019 - 13:13

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United States is expected to mount pressure on Pakistaninfo-icon to help promoted the Afghan peace process, including direct talks between Talibaninfo-icon and Kabul.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump, who are scheduled to meet at the White House on Monday, would discuss the ongoing push for peace in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

A senior US official told reporters in a conference call on Friday: "The purpose of this visit is to press for concrete cooperation from Pakistan to advance the Afghanistan peace process...

“We are asking Pakistan to pressure the Taliban into a permanent ceasefire and participation in intra-Afghan negotiations including the Afghan government," the official said.

President Trump would encourage Pakistan to sustain its recent effort to crack down on terrorists within its territory, the official was quoted as saying by Sputnik.

Trump would inform Khan of his administration’s willingness to repair relations and build a partnership if Pakistan denied terrorists safe haven on its soil.

Washington could revive security assistance to Islamabad if it addresses US concerns related to Afghanistan.

Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa will accompany Khan during his visit to the White House on July 22. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISIinfo-icon) head will also be part of the prime ministerial delegation.

Gen Bajwa will meet Defence Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, the new chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Mark Milley and other senior Pentagon officials.

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