US State Department responds to PM Imran Khan's statement

US State Department responds to PM Imran Khan's statement

WASHINGTON – United States has welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan s desire for peace with India and Afghanistan.

In a press conference in Washington, Head of the Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department, Alice Wells said that main objective of the Trump administration s South Asia strategy is to restore peace and stability in Afghanistan with the support of other regional states.

She said that Pakistan has a critical role to play in stabilization of Afghanistan and the United States has encouraged Pakistan to take stronger steps to ensure that the Taliban either come to the negotiating table or are expelled back into Afghanistan.

Alice Wells said Pakistan and Afghanistan have embarked on efforts to improve the bilateral relationship and Washington strongly supports negotiation of a solidarity document between the two countries. ------------------------------

Prime Minister Imran Khan had offered to start a dialogue with archrival India to resolve conflicts between the two nuclear armed nations, including the long-standing dispute over the Kashmir region.

Imran Khan in a tweet Tuesday said that in order to move forward on issues such as alleviating poverty, the South Asian neighbors must talk to each other to solve their differences.

Khan also suggested trade agreements between the two countries as a solution to disputes. The development comes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his congratulatory message to Khan expressed a desire for talks.

Khan was sworn-in last week after his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won most seats in July elections and formed a coalition.