Trump Suggests Peace Talks With Afghan Taliban Back on Track

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Prime Minister Imran Khan during a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York September 23. — AFP  File

Pakistan PM Imran Khan, US President Donald Trump discuss Jammu and Kashmir during telephonic conversation

Pakistan Top Minister Imran Khan on Thursday held a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump and discussed with him bilateral and regional matters, including the Afghan peace route of and the Kashmir region, his space of job said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, said: "Qatar, in addition to its extensive efforts as mediator in the US-Taliban peace talks, has played an instrumental role in facilitating the release of the professors and Afghan detainees and maintaining continuous cooperation between all parties".

The highest minister re-affirmed Pakistan's commitment to the advancement of the Afghan peace and reconciliation route of for a delicate and stable Afghanistan.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan also apprised the US President on the prevailing situation in Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir, underscoring that more than 8 million people have remained under siege for more than 100 days now.

Recalling their conversations in Washington and NY, the two leaders agreed to deepen bilateral collaboration, including in relevant multilateral fora.

Chief U.S. peace negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said Friday he was hopeful the prisoner swap would lead to "a reduction in violence and rapid progress" toward a political settlement involving the Afghan government, the Taliban and other Afghan leaders.

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Trump has repeatedly offered to mediate between India and Pakistan resolve the Kashmir issue.

In a joint press conference at White House the same day, Prime Minister Imran Khan informed President Trump of a "good news" in the offing, which was interpreted by media as related to the release of an American and an Australian professors abducted by Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan two and a half years ago.

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According to the tweets, Mr Trump also told Mr Ghani that for any process to succeed, the inclusion of Afghanistan in the talks is "imperative".

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