‘US welcomes PM Imran’s desire for peace with India, Afghanistan’

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‘US welcomes PM Imran’s desire for peace with India, Afghanistan’

21 August,2018

Alice Wells says Pakistan and Afghanistan have embarked on efforts to improve bilateral relationship
(Web Desk) – United States has welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan s desire for peace with India and Afghanistan.

In a press conference in Washington, Head of the Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department, Alice Wells said that main objective of the Trump administration s South Asia strategy is to restore peace and stability in Afghanistan with the support of other regional states.

She said that Pakistan has a critical role to play in stabilization of Afghanistan and the United States has encouraged Pakistan to take stronger steps to ensure that the Taliban either come to the negotiating table or are expelled back into Afghanistan.

Alice Wells said Pakistan and Afghanistan have embarked on efforts to improve the bilateral relationship and Washington strongly supports negotiation of a solidarity document between the two countries.

Imran Khan offers talks to India

Prime Minister Imran Khan had offered to start a dialogue with archrival India to resolve conflicts between the two nuclear armed nations, including the long-standing dispute over the Kashmir region.

Imran Khan in a tweet Tuesday said that in order to move forward on issues such as alleviating poverty, the South Asian neighbors must talk to each other to solve their differences.

Khan also suggested trade agreements between the two countries as a solution to disputes. The development comes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his congratulatory message to Khan expressed a desire for talks.

Khan was sworn-in last week after his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won most seats in July elections and formed a coalition.

Talks with India the way forward

On Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that dialogue is the only way forward for ties between Pakistan and India, fuelling hopes of a thaw in relations between the arch-foes following Imran Khan s July election victory.

Addressing a press conference, Qureshi said it was vital to resume talks, which have made little progress in recent years. “We need a continued and uninterrupted dialogue. This is our only way forward,” he told reporters in Islamabad.

He said that Modi had written to Khan congratulating him on his victory.

The foreign minister said that a continued and uninterrupted dialogue is the only option for the two nuclear powers and coming to the table and talking peace is our only option. The Minister said we need to stop the adventurism and come together.

He said the Kashmir is an outstanding issue which must be acknowleged by the two nations.