Trump to Press Imran Khan to Take 'Irreversible Action' Against Terrorists
The White House on Friday said that The United States would press Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is slated to meet President Donald Trump next week, to take irreversible action against terrorist and militant groups, and to facilitate peace talks with the Taliban for an intra-Afghan dialogue.
While the Afghanistan peace process is expected to be the primary focus of the meeting, Pakistan’s patchy counter-terrorism efforts will figure prominently. Khan and his delegation will be told, an official said, “the door is open to repairing the relationship and building an enduring partnership if Pakistan changes its policy with regards to terrorists and militants”.
Trump and Khan, who once exchanged angry Tweets over Pakistan’s half-hearted efforts at combatting terrorism, will meet over lunch accompanied by their respective delegations and the tone of the meeting is expected to be urgent and business-like, with the focus on the Afghanistan peace process.
"By and large that security assistance is still suspended. We will consider changing that suspension on certain items if Pakistan meets our security concerns both in Afghanistan, and with regard to some of the externally focus groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. But as of now, there was no change to that suspension and security systems," the official said.
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