Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan held a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump on Thursday and discussed bilateral and global issues with him, including the Afghan peace process and the issue of Kashmir, his office said.
So, Khan conveyed a positive development in the release of Western hostages in Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Further, he was pleased that they were safe and free, said the Office of the Prime Minister in a statement.
“President Trump thanked the prime minister for Pakistan’s efforts in facilitating this positive outcome,” according to the statement.
Also, the Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to advancing the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. So, both leaders agreed to continue working together to promote this shared goal.
The Afghan Taliban released two Western hostages on Tuesday in southern Afghanistan. More than three years after they were taken away in Kabul, they were transferred to U.S. forces.
Imran Khan also had discussions on Kashmir with Donald Trump. After New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5, tensions between Pakistan and India increased.
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Pakistan tried to internationalize the Kashmir issue, but India argued that eliminating Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 was its ‘ internal matter. ‘
Prime Minister Khan, appreciating the continued engagement of President Trump. Also, he spoke about the mediation offer, stressed that the U.S. president must continue his efforts. Thus, it will facilitate a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue, the statement said.
Trump has repeatedly offered mediation to resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan.
New Delhi has stated Kashmir to be a bilateral problem between India and Pakistan. It also added that there is no room for mediation by third parties.
The two leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation. Thus, it also included multilateral forums, recalling their discussions in Washington and New York. The two leaders also agreed to stay in close contact.