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Davos: Trump Discusses Afghan Peace with Ghani, Imran Khan

Published Jan 23, 2020
Updated Mar 02, 2020

US President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum at Davos and the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as well.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US President Donald Trump being at the same venue for World Economic Forum in Davos it is not surprising that Afghanistan was the top billing for the United States at the venue.

“The main issue, of course, is Afghanistan because it concerns the US and Pakistan,” Khan said. “Both of us are interested in peace there and an orderly transition in Afghanistan with talks with the Taliban and the government.” Reuters reported.

“Both leaders talked about the situation in Afghanistan, peace and security, and the region– taking stock of the issues they discussed at their last meeting in Bagram, Afghanistan,” Ghani’s spokesman tweeted.

The leaders exchanged views on prospects for a US-Taliban peace deal and talks between Kabul on the militant movement as per media reports.

The ongoing negotiations between the United States and the Taliban leading to a potential peace deal and direct talks between Kabul and the militant movement is one of the main agendas even though the Afghan President Ashraf Ghai has been a skeptical over a cease-fire and reliability of the Taliban.

The US President is likely to have pushed Pakistan for seeking Taliban’s approval for direct talks with the Afghan government apart from reduction of violence so as to facilitate the pullout of US troops from the country. It now remains to be seen what the deliverables from the trilateral meet are.

The Pakistan Prime Minister’s office confirmed that Afghan peace and reconciliation process and evolving situation in the Middle East with reference to Pakistan’s efforts for de-escalation in the region was also discussed while Mr Khan emphasized maximum restraint and diplomacy.