United States seeks Pakistan's help to establish peace in Afghanistan: PM

Pakistan won't be treated like'hired gun anymore says PM Imran

"I would again emphasise that the point to be registered is that all stakeholders now agree with Pakistan's position that the final settlement of the Afghan conflict can only be achieved through dialogue", said FO spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal at his weekly media briefing.

The statement said that following the meeting, Special Representative Khalilzad departed Afghanistan for Moscow for discussions on regional peace efforts. It's a trade relationship between two countries.

Last week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he had formed a 12-strong team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, but warned that implementation of any deal would take at least five years.

"We continue to see the Taliban being utilised as a hedge against India rather than as part of a stable, reconciled Afghanistan", McKenzie said.

Ambassador Khalilzad started his multi-nation tour for Afghan peace this week.

"We would like a proper relationship with the USA", he said. The trip will continue until December 20.

Officially allies in fighting terrorism, Pakistan and the United States have a complicated relationship, bound by Washington's dependence on Pakistan to supply its troops in Afghanistan but plagued by accusations Islamabad is playing a double game.

"In the letter, the President recognises that Pakistan has the ability to deny the Taliban sanctuary on its territory", the spokesperson said. Pakistan has positively responded to the United States request and renewed its commitment to contribute to the process.

The prime minister referred to President Trump's letter asking for assistance in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table and said "I talked for years about how there was no military solution in Afghanistan, and they called me "Taliban Khan".

Prime Minister Imran while giving an interview to The Washington Post candidly commented, "I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun - given money to fight someone else's war".

"Pakistan's action or inaction, as it relates to stability in Afghanistan, has often led to US's frustration", he said, adding that stability in the South Asia region remains the most important mutual strategic interest for both the USA and Pakistan.

"I am glad that the government pressed for the opening of the corridor", he added.

Meeting in Brussels, NATO's foreign ministers have reaffirmed their countries' commitment to Afghanistan's "long-term security and stability" despite mounting Afghan casualties in the 17-year conflict.

"We can only move forward if India remains steadfast".

"We have religious sites that are important for Hindus and Buddhists; we should open them up and facilitate the people", he added.

"If we left precipitously right now, I do not believe they (Afghan security forces) would be able to successfully defend their country".



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