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Pakistan would continue to seek political settlement in Afghanistan

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06 Dec 2018 | 3:47 PM

Islamabad, Dec 6 (UNI) Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said Pakistan would continue to seek political settlement in Afghanistan to bring peace and stability in the region. He had met with a U.S. peace envoy on Wednesday and pledged his help to find a political settlement to the long-running war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The visit to Islamabad by Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. special representative to Afghanistan, followed President Donald Trump’s request for Pakistan’s help in finding an end to the 17-year-old war between Taliban insurgents and the western-backed Afghan government.

Khalilzad, an Afghan-born U.S. diplomat who served as George W. Bush’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, was named by Trump three months ago as a special envoy to negotiate peace in Afghanistan.

“The prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s abiding interest in achieving peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan through political settlement,” Khan’s office said in a statement.

Trump’s overture to Khan followed an exchange of barbed tweets between the leaders last month.

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