Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday held a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump and discussed with him bilateral and regional matters, including the Afghan peace process and the Kashmir issue, his office said, reports The Statesman.
Khan conveyed that the release of two Western hostages in Afghanistan was a positive development, the Prime Minister Office said in a statement.“President Trump thanked the prime minister for Pakistan’s efforts in facilitating this positive outcome,” according to the statement.
The prime minister re-affirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the advancement of the Afghan peace and reconciliation process for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
Both leaders agreed to continue to work together for the promotion of this shared objective.
The Afghan Taliban released two Western hostages in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, handing them over to US forces more than three years after they were abducted in Kabul.
Imran Khan also held talks with Donald Trump on Kashmir.
Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue but India has asserted that the removal of special status of Kashmir under Article 370 was its “internal matter.”Appreciating President Trump’s continued engagement as well as mediation offer, Prime Minister Khan stressed that the US president must continue his efforts for facilitation of a peaceful solution of the Kashmir issue, the statement said.