Trump looking forward to meet Imran Khan

WASHINGTON: The Pakistan-US bilateral ties could quickly see some enchancment as the 2 international locations have reportedly began discussing a proposal to rearrange a gathering between Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Donald Trump.

The proposal for the Khan-Trump assembly got here up after a serious shift within the US president’s method in direction of Pakistan early on Thursday morning. In a press release, Trump mentioned he needs a ‘nice relationship’ with Pakistan and is wanting ahead to assembly the nation’s new management.

The US President underscored that his administration has initiated peace talks with the Taliban. He additionally introduced {that a} assembly with the brand new management of Pakistan will happen “very quickly”.

These remarks got here in distinction to to Trump’s stance precisely a yr in the past, when he had mentioned the US ‘foolishly gave Pakistan greater than 33 billion {dollars} in support during the last 15 years’ and that Islamabad had ‘given us nothing however lies & deceit, pondering of our leaders as fools’.

A month in the past, Trump had written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, in search of Pakistan’s assist in the Afghan peace talks and help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating desk to finish the 17-year brutal conflict within the neighbouring nation.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had met Prime Minister Khan in Islamabad in September final yr and pressed him to take “sustained and decisive measures “in opposition to the militant teams threatening the regional peace and stability.

Earlier, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham, who is taken into account near President Trump, informed CNN in an interview that if Pakistan helped the US in bringing the Taliban to the desk for negotiations, then the US would concentrate on counterterrorism and the IS.

Whereas throughout a press convention on the White Home, Trump blasted the US’s prolonged involvement in Afghanistan, the place it has waged its longest conflict in opposition to the militant group. He mentioned that Washington was at present in talks with varied actors, together with the Taliban, searching for peace, however then referred to as on regional powers to step up.

“India is there, Russia is there, Russia was once the Soviet Union, Afghanistan made it Russia, as a result of they went bankrupt combating in Afghanistan,” Trump mentioned in response to questions over whether or not he deliberate to scale down US navy presence within the war-torn nation.

Responding to Trump’s assertion, Info Minister Fawad Chaudhry underscored the significance of higher ties between the 2 international locations for regional stability. “Peace in Pakistan is linked to Afghanistan,” Chaudhry mentioned in a tweet posted on Thursday. “The function of United States is extraordinarily essential for stability in Afghanistan.”

In his press briefing, the International Workplace spokesperson additionally welcomed Trump’s assertion, saying Pakistan is wanting ahead to constructive engagement with the US.

FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal mentioned the regional and international scenario is altering and President Donald Trump’s newest remarks are a welcome departure from his January 1, 2018, tweet.

In view of the US announcement of troops withdrawal from Afghanistan, the spokesman mentioned that Pakistan shares a protracted border with Afghanistan and seeks peace and stability within the nation.

“At present, efforts are underway in direction of a political settlement in Afghanistan, therefore, the withdrawal of US troops ought to be a part of a peace course of with a view to make sure that there isn’t any energy vacuum within the nation,” he remarked.

He mentioned It’s Pakistan’s real want that peace returns to Afghanistan in order that the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan may very well be began and an period of prosperity and normalcy may very well be realised within the area.

Printed in Every day Instances, January 4th 2019.

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