U.S Defence Secretary James Mattis said in a conference that Pakistan must take on a substantive role in peace talks with the Taliban if the war in neighboring Afghanistan is to be ended. While addressing the conference he said that it is the right time for everyone to support the efforts of the UN, efforts of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all those who are trying to maintain peace in South Asia. He said that “The United States and Indian Prime Minister have overcome hesitation of history carrying forward the legacy of friendship and making clear that there is no contradiction between strategic autonomy and strategic partnership,”
He also said that Pakistan must take on a substantive role in peace talks with the Taliban if the war in neighboring Afghanistan is to be ended. According to the official, Mr. Mattis was responding to a question from reporters about the letter written by President Donald Trump to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking his support in the peace process in Afghanistan. In his letter, Mr. Trump has made it clear that Pakistan’s full support over the issue “is fundamental” to building an enduring US-Pakistan partnership.
According to his interview on Monday as he welcomed Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for talks: he said that “We’re looking for every responsible nation to support peace in the sub-continent and across this war in Afghanistan that’s gone on now for 40 years,”
“It’s time for everyone to get on board, support the United Nations, support Prime Minister Modi’s, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and all those who are trying to maintain peace and make for a better world here,” Mattis said. He also added in his point that “We are on that track”. It is diplomatically led as it should be, and we’ll do our best to protect the Afghan people”.