Pakistan PM Will Urge Trump To Resume Talks With Taliban

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says he will urge U.S. President Donald Trump to resume talks with the Taliban to help bring peace to Afghanistan when he meets with him next week on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

Khan told reporters Wednesday his country had played a central role in arranging the yearlong U.S.-Taliban dialogue before Trump declared the process as "dead" nearly two weeks ago. The Pakistani prime minister said he was surprised when he learned through the media that the talks broke down.

"The tragedy is that the [peace] deal between the Taliban and the U.S. was about to be signed," Khan noted. He explained that Islamabad had arranged the peace process by helping Taliban leaders reach Qatar, which hosted the dialogue.

"I believe it would be a massive tragedy if these talks could not move forward. I have a meeting with President Trump on Monday in New York where we will insist … and we will make maximum efforts to help restart the talks because they are important for ending 40 years of sufferings of the people in Afghanistan,............................

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