WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Imran told reporters that there was only one solution for Afghanistan and remarked that a peace deal with the Taliban was closer than it had ever been.
Speaking with the US President Donald Trump at White House, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the US is vital for Pakistan and we have relations spanning over many decades since the independence of our country.
Imran Khan said Pakistan fought as a frontline state both during Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and also in the war on terror. He said there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict.
He said there should be no question on Pakistan’s sincerity in resolving this conflict.
“This is the closest we have ever come,” he said, saying he agreed with Trump’s assessment that a military ‘solution’ to the Afghan war would result in a catastrophic loss of lives.
He said Pakistan needs economic stability as we have been fighting the war against terror for the last fifteen years during which we suffered casualties of seventy thousand people and loss of 150 billion dollars in damaged infrastructure. Imran Khan said our role is to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table with the Afghan government. He said we are closer to a peace deal in Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister hoped that the US can play its role in bringing India and Pakistan together.
Upon arrival, Prime Minister Imran Khan was warmly received by President Donald Trump at the entrance of White House. Both leaders shook hands and exchanged greetings. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also accompanied the Prime Minister.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa along with senior military officials also arrived at the White House.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told media that Pakistani delegation has come with a message of peace and prosperity in the region. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has come to America with a vision of ‘Naya Pakistan’.