Pak­istan Army says it backs U.S. peace talks with Afghan Tal­iban

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months ago as a spe­cial en­voy to ne­go­ti­ate peace.

His visit to Pak­istan fol­lowed a re­quest from U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to Prime Minister Im­ran Khan seek­ing as­sis­tance in mov­ing for­ward peace talks. The over­ture to Khan came af­ter an ex­change of barbed tweets be­tween the lead­ers last month. Wash­ing­ton has long been push­ing Is­lam­abad to lean on Tal­iban lead­ers, who it says are based in Pak­istan, to bring them to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble. It of­ten ac­cuses the south Asian na­tion of covertly shel­ter­ing Tal­iban lead­ers, an ac­cu­sa­tion Is­lam­abad ve­he­mently de­nies.

The US, which had more than 100,000 troops in Afghanistan at its peak dur­ing the first term of for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, with­drew most of them in 2014 but still keeps around 14,000 there. Reuters

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