Khalilzad Resumes His Trip For Afghan Peace Mission

Leroy Wright
December 4, 2018

In a letter, Trump sought assistance from Pakistan in resolving Afghan issue, aimed at ending the 17-year invasion of Afghanistan by the United States troops.

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

Relations soured after Mr Trump last month alleged that Pakistan harboured al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden despite getting billions of dollars in American aid.

Pakistan must take on a substantive role in peace talks with the Taliban if the war in neighbouring Afghanistan is to be ended, he said.

"President Trump has written a letter", Chaudhry told Reuters. In his letter Donald Trump has made it clear that Pakistan's full support in this regard "is fundamental" to building an enduring US-Pakistan partnership.

Khalilzad will meet with Afghan government officials and other interested parties to support and facilitate an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan, empowering the Afghan people to decide their nation's fate, the statement said.

The U.S. and Afghanistan have long accused Pakistan of turning a blind eye to the Afghan Taliban, whose leadership is based in Pakistan.

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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.

The U.S. embassy in Islamabad had no immediate comment on the letter.

"Special Representative Khalilzad will be in communication with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other Afghan stakeholders to coordinate closely on efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government and other Afghans", the statement said.

Pakistan has long denied the claims and says it has paid the price for its alliance with the U.S. in the so-called "war on terror", with thousands of its citizens killed in its long struggle with militancy.

According to a press release by US State Department, accompanied by an interagency delegation, Khalilzad will travel to Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar during his 18-day tour, from Dec 2 to 20.

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