US seeks Pakistan’s assistance in bringing Taliban to talks: PM Imran

US seeks Pakistan’s assistance in bringing Taliban to talks: PM Imran

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday revealed that US President Donald Trump wrote him, seeking Pakistan’s assistance in the Afghan peace process.

In a meeting with senior journalists in the federal capital, PM Khan informed that he received a letter from the US president earlier today. In the letter, Trump has asked Pakistan to play its role in Afghan peace talks which are aimed at catalysing an end to the 17-year invasion of Afghanistan by US troops.

The PM further said that he had always believed only dialogue could bring stability in Afghanistan.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed Trump’s call for support. “President Trump has written a letter. He has asked for Pakistan’s cooperation to bring the Taliban into talks,” Chaudhry told a foreign news agency.

The letter comes days after the US president launched another tirade at Pakistan, alleging that the country "would take our money and do nothing for us."

"....We no longer pay Pakistan the $Billions because they would take our money and do nothing for us, Bin Laden being a prime example, Afghanistan being another. They were just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return. That’s ENDING!" Trump had tweeted on November 19.

Prime Minister Imran, in a series of tweets, had fired back at the US leader, saying the record needed to be "put straight".

The PM assured that Pakistan would play any role possible for peace in Afghanistan.

Khan told journalists that previously, Pakistan had been apologetic in its relations with the United States but his government has dealt with the country on equal terms.