Bass, US Ambassador in Afghanistan, said the US is not engaged in peace talks with the Taliban and that their only redline is that the group has to talk to the Afghan government and the Afghan people.
"Ambassador Khalilzad stressed the United States' commitment to facilitating a political settlement between the Afghan government and the Taliban that ensures Afghanistan never again serves as a platform for global terrorism and ends the 40-years-long war in the country", noted the embassy statement. "Pakistan must leverage their influence over the Taliban leadership to help compel them to come to the table for reconciliation negotiations", he added.
Speaking at an event organized by the Washington Post, Dunford said that American military presence in Afghanistan is essential to contain terrorists who otherwise would regroup and take revenge on the US.
Trump wrote a letter to Prime Minister Khan earlier this week.
Afghanistan permanent representative to the United Nations Mahmoud Saikal meanwhile has said that an authorized negotiating team from the Afghan government will do peace negotiations with Taliban.
Dunford stressed that his top priority is not to ensure security and stability in Afghanistan, which has been lying in shambles as a result of the 17-year-long war, but to "make recommendations for the deployment of military force that protects the American people, the homeland and our allies". He held the United States authorities and Afghan government responsible for failing to restore peace and stability across Afghanistan. Now I'm happy that everyone realises there is only a political solution.
Comparing Pakistan's relationship with its neighbour China, Khan said, "For instance, our relationship with China is not one-dimensional". "It cared for the underprivileged, for the people who can't compete in the race". It's a trade relationship between two countries.
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"If we left precipitously right now, I do not believe they (Afghan security forces) would be able to successfully defend their country".
"We got some relief from the UAE and China but they wanted to keep it confidential". "Pakistan has never made the structural changes that are needed".
"As I said our goal here grounded in the objective realities is that there needs to be a settlement that comes from within the society so that it is broadly accepted by the society and therefore has a good chance of being implemented", he said. "I would be on the opposite side of President Donald Trump in terms of economic policy, probably closer to Senator Bernie Sanders".
The sources said that the draft of the letter would be ready next week and it would be sent to Prime Minister Khan for approval.
"If we go with the International Monetary Fund, we will make sure this is the last time", he promised, suggesting that "Pakistan has never made the structural changes that are needed".
"The ruling party [in India] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach", he pointed out. If you don't stand by what the Supreme Court says, then there's no state left. He said he hopes that after the elections Pakistan can resume talks with India. "I have asked our government to find out the status of the case".