Imran Khan Reiterates Pakistan's Interest For Afghan Peace

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met on December 4 with Pakistani officials in Islamabad, and a Taliban official said four members from the group's political office in Qatar were also in Pakistan's capital, according to the Associated Press news agency.

"We are looking for every responsible nation to support peace in the sub-continent, and across this war in Afghanistan", he told reporters before a meeting with the Indian defense minister on Monday at the Pentagon.

There has been not much of a change in Pakistan's behaviour towards Afghanistan or terrorist organisations despite its "positive rhetoric" in support of the South Asia Strategy, McKenzie said.

The assessment comes as both western-backed security forces and the Taliban have pushed to gain momentum as the USA has stepped up efforts to find a peaceful settlement to end the 17-year-long war in Afghanistan. The American leader went on to emphasize that the two countries "should explore opportunities to work together and renew partnership", the spokesman added. The foreign minister assured the U.S. side of Pakistan's steadfast support for a negotiated settlement. Pakistan also reiterated its commitment to play a facilitation role in good faith, stressing that peace and stability in Afghanistan was a shared responsibility.

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in a curious move, twice in as many months, has chose to skip India during his fortnight travel to the region for advancing peace talks in the landlocked country.

Follow The Khaama Press News Agency on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook. "Pakistan must leverage their influence over the Taliban leadership to help compel them to come to the table for reconciliation negotiations". Trump wants to end a 17-year-old war between Afghan security forces and the Afghan Taliban militants, who are fighting to drive out global forces and establish their version of strict Islamic law.

"We will try our best to bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table with America", he said.

Afghanistan's security forces are taking unsustainable casualties and would collapse if all U.S. troops withdrew, the nominee to lead U.S. Central Command said on Tuesday.

The press release said that during the "courtesy call" by the U.S. envoy, Prime Minister Khan recalled his personal commitment to the cause of regional peace, Dawn's report said. Khalilzad will also travel to Afghanistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Vanessa Coleman

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