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Trump asks Pakistan's Khan to help with Taliban talks following verbal spat

Trump asks Pakistan's Khan to help with Taliban talks following verbal spat”

Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Khan received the letter Monday morning.

A U.S. air strike has killed the Taliban's most senior commander in southern Afghanistan.

The Pakistani leader insisted his country was being made "a scapegoat" for US military "failures" in Afghanistan.

The letter was a damning indictment that Pakistan is yet to act to deal with the Taliban.

Prime Minister Imran, in a meeting with TV anchors and reporters in the federal capital, informed that he received a letter from the USA president earlier today.

"In this regard, he has sought Pakistan's support and facilitation", it continued.

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

Khan stressed the United States had provided what he described as a minuscule $20 billion in aid to Pakistan. "Peace and stability in Afghanistan remains a shared responsibility", Faisal concluded.

Trump has appointed Afghan-born US diplomat Khalilzad as a special envoy for Afghanistan, tasking him with pushing through peace talks.

"Special Representative Khalilzad will be in communication with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other Afghan stakeholders to coordinate closely on efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government and other Afghans", the statement said.

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. Pakistan has always denied knowing he was there.

The State Department said Khalilzad will also travel to Kabul, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, where the Taliban has stationed its political negotiators in a so-called "political office".



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