One condition for PM Imran Khan and President Donald Trump maiden meeting

One condition for PM Imran Khan and President Donald Trump maiden meeting
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ISLAMABAD - A meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump might take place after headway in Afghan peace talks in Doha, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said.

Speaking to Urdu News, the foreign minister said progress in in the ongoing talks between Taliban and the United States will pave way for the two leaders to shake hands. “It is not a pre-condition but the environment [for a meeting] will be more favourable if the talks move forward,” he said.

Qureshi added that both the leaders were deeply interested in establishing peace and stability in the region. “There has been progress in continuing peace talks in Doha. There are chances of further progress which may lead to a new chapter in Pak-US bilateral relations,” he said.

Qureshi said Pakistan desired peace in Afghanistan and the entire region, and that Islamabad would make all efforts to make the ongoing dialogue successful as stability in Afghanistan would lead to peace in the entire region.

The latest round of US-Taliban talks ended in Qatar last week after “positive and constructive” negotiations that continued even as the Taliban bombed a US-funded aid group in Kabul.

Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban s political spokesperson in Doha, tweeted that “some progress” had been made at the sixth round of peace talks and that the foes would meet again for another round of discussions.

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