Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump requests Pakistan's help on Afghan peace after Twitter tirade

Trump requests Pakistan's help on Afghan peace after Twitter tirade

Pakistan said on Monday U.S. President Donald Trump has sought its help with faltering Afghan peace talks, part of intensifying efforts by Trump to end one of America's longest wars.

Trump has repeatedly accused Pakistan of failing to crack down on Islamic militants operating along the border and last month said it had harbored Osama bin Laden for years despite getting billions of dollars in American aid.

Trump's request follows a month of often harsh presidential language about Pakistan.

Trump, in a letter to new Prime Minister Imran Khan, asked for Pakistan's "support and facilitation" in negotiating an end to the war and offered to renew the strained relationship, Pakistan's foreign ministry said.

The letter, confirmed by the National Security Council and the State Department, requests Khan's "full support for the US effort to advance the Afghan peace process", according to a State Department spokesperson.

The ministry added that Pakistan is committed to playing "a facilitation role in good faith". "Peace and stability in Afghanistan remains a shared responsibility", Faisal concluded.

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

"We will try our best to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table with America", he said.

United States officials have always been pushing Pakistan to lean on the Taliban leadership, which Washington says is based in the country, to bring them to the negotiating table.

At the time, Islamabad said "such baseless rhetoric. was totally unacceptable".

In another tweet the premier replied, "Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the USA should do a serious assessment of why, despite 140000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops and reportedly $1 trillion spent on war in Afghanistan, the Taliban today are stronger than before".

The letter was a damning indictment that Pakistan is yet to act to deal with the Taliban. Asserting that Pakistan was serious to develop peaceful ties with all its neighbours, Khan claimed India was not ready to hold talks with the country due to the upcoming general elections.

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