Khalilzad Resumes His Trip For Afghan Peace Mission

Khalilzad Resumes His Trip For Afghan Peace Mission

The US special representative to Afghanistan will meet Afghan government officials and other parties to work on Afghan peace process for which the Trump administration, as well as Russian Federation, is toiling hard.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday has responded to those who were criticizing his "chicken formula" to combat extreme poverty in the rural areas of Pakistan.

The troubled relationship between Pakistan and the United States hit yet another bump last month after Trump declared he had cancelled assistance worth hundreds of millions of dollars because Islamabad does not do "a damn thing" for the US.

He recently expressed hopes that a peace deal to end the war could be struck before the Afghan presidential election, scheduled for April. The ministry said the letter suggested the two countries "explore opportunities to work together and renew their partnership".

Prime Minister Khan hit back at President Donald Trump's statement against Pakistan by saying that instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for U.S. failures, the Trump administration should do a serious assessment of why the Taliban are stronger in Afghanistan than before.

Pakistani authorities did not release the letter, which information minister Fawad Chaudhry said Mr Khan received on Monday morning.

Islamabad would help facilitate any talks "in good faith", the ministry added.

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He stressed that all Afghans must have a say in creating a sustainable peace for Afghanistan.

"Since Pakistan has always advocated a political settlement to end war in Afghanistan, the US decision is welcomed".

The prime minister said Trump had sought Pakistan's assistance in bringing the Taliban leadership to the negotiating table.

An American Embassy spokesman in Islamabad when contacted for a confirmation declined to comment.

Trump's letter comes on the heels of accusations by the Republican leader who alleged that Pakistan had done nothing for US.

Khalilzad will meet officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium and the United Arab Emirates, as part of the push for talks.

".We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another".

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