President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed Afghanistan’s peace process and upcoming presidential elections, over a phone call on Wednesday night, according to a statement from the president’s staff.
“Considering the precedence of Pakistan’s help in the reduction of violence during past elections, President Ghani asked Pakistan to help mitigate violence in the upcoming elections,” the statement read.
Pakistan prime minister made the phone call to President Ghani and expressed his condolences for the latest “terrorist attacks” in central Parwan and Kabul provinces. Khan also promised to put efforts in place, within Pakistan’s capacity, in order to help with the Afghan election.
Khan announced on Wednesday that he would urge US President Donald Trump to revive peace talks with the Taliban militant group, according to a Reuter’s report.
“It will be a big tragedy if these talks don’t make headway,” Khan said at a recent ceremony at Pakistan’s Torkham crossing with Afghanistan.
Khan said Pakistan had told Taliban leaders to participate in the earlier peace talks in Qatar. He would convince the Taliban to open talks with the Afghan government.
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