Afghanistan endgame: Pakistan holds the Trump Card

Afghanistan endgame: Pakistan holds the Trump Card

ISLMABAD - Pakistan holds the Trump card in the Afghanistan endgame as it holds key to the peace dialogues

Pakistan has assured all-out support to the US for a negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict. The assurance was given by Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi to US Special Envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad.

Washington’s special envoy, tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s bloody 17-year-old war, will hold talks with Pakistani officials at the Foreign Office on the regional situation and Afghan reconciliation process.

Khalilzad reiterated President Trump’s desire to seek cooperation of Pakistan for peace and stability in Afghanistan, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a tweet on social media.

“Peace in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan,” Qureshi told the US envoy and assured continued support of the country to seek an early solution to the conflict.

Dr Faisal further tweeted that during his visit to Islamabad, the US special representative also held a meeting with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and discussed issues pertaining to peace and political settlement in Afghanistan.

Officials from both sides were also present during the meeting. Meanwhile, a foreign news agency reported that some members from the Afghan Taliban’s political office in Qatar were also in the federal capital.