US says PM Imran 'incredibly crucial' to Afghan peace deal

US says PM Imran 'incredibly crucial' to Afghan peace deal

Washington (Web Desk): The United States has said that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will be “incredibly crucial” in helping Washington with a peace deal in Afghanistan.


US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, during a briefing, said, “But I would say that obviously that Prime Minister Khan is going to be incredibly crucial in helping us with these – with this peace deal and with this peace negotiation that continues.”

Earlier, PM Imran had that he had assured US President Donald Trump that Pakistan would do ‘whatever is in its power to facilitate the Afghan peace process’. He also said that he would meet the Afghan Taliban to convince them for a peace deal.

The State Department spokesperson elaborated on her remark and added that Trump and Secretary Pompeo had also alluded to the importance of Pakistan’s role in helping the US pursue peace in Afghanistan.

Replying to another question regarding India’s unilateral and illegal move in occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson deflected a question regarding human rights violations in the occupied valley but conceded that there are reports of “detentions and restrictions of residents in Jammu and in Kashmir”.

“There are reports, as you’ve mentioned, of detentions and restrictions of residents in Jammu and in Kashmir. And again, that’s why we continue to monitor this very, very closely.”