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Will Meet Taliban to Spur Afghan Peace Bid: Khan

Will Meet Taliban to Spur Afghan Peace Bid: Khan

WASHINGTON -  Speaking at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington on Tuesday, Khan said achieving a political settlement to war would not be easy.
For the first time in the 18-year-old Afghan conflict, Pakistan and the US are working together to promote peace efforts in the conflict-devastated country.
A day earlier, the Pakistani premier met US President Donald Trump at the White House. The two sides pledged to work together to end to the war in Afghanistan.
Khan said: "When I go back (home), I will meet the Taliban and try my best to get them to talk to the Afghan government so that the elections in Afghanistan must be inclusive and the Taliban also participate in it."
Absent a peace agreement with the US, the Taliban have ruled out participation in any formal intra-Afghan negotiations, involving the Kabul government.
A few months back, Khan recalled, a Taliban team had desired to meet him. However, the meeting did not happen due to reservations from the Afghan government.
Khan added he had spoken to President Ashraf Ghani about his possible meeting with representatives of the militant movement.
Taking to Twitter, the premier wrote: ."I want to assure President Trump Pakistan will do everything within its power to facilitate the Afghan peace process."
The world owed it to the people of Afghanistan to bring about peace after four decades of conflict, he tweeted. (Pajhwok)