Trump thanks Qatar's efforts to free hostages in Afghanistan

PM Imran Trump discuss Afghan peace process Kashmir over phone

Pakistan PM Imran Khan, US President Donald Trump discuss Jammu and Kashmir during telephonic conversation

The two leaders extra agreed to remain in terminate contact.

Prime Minister Imran Khan conveyed to the USA president that the release of Western hostages in Afghanistan is a positive development and Pakistan is happy that they are safe and free.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday, "We see these developments as hopeful signs that the Afghan war, a bad and costly conflict that has lasted 40 years, may soon conclude through a political settlement".

The Prime Minister re-affirmed Pakistan's commitment to the advancement of the Afghan peace process. Apprising his US counterpart of the ongoing situation in India-held Kashmir, P.M. Khan stressed that over 8 million residents of the disputed territory had been under siege at the hands of New Delhi's armed forces for over 100 days now.

During the phone call, they "reviewed the strategic relations" between the two countries and "ways of enhancing them", in addition to "discussing the latest regional and global developments", QNA said. In his call with Afghan President Ghani, Trump expressed appreciation for his support in freeing the two hostages.

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Imran Khan also held talks with Donald Trump on Kashmir. "He thanked the Prime Minister for Pakistan's support for the recovery of American hostage Kevin King and Australian hostage Timothy Weeks", the PM Office statement said after the phone call. The Afghan leader has been left out of nine rounds of secret talks in Qatar between Taliban representatives and Trump's peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad.

The telephonic conversations between the two leaders comes days after Taliban released two professors as part of a prisoner swap deal between the group and the Afghan government.

The three members of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network who were released include Anas Haqqani, Haji Mali Khan and Hafiz Rashid. He has said that Pakistan is pleased with the safe release of both.

According to the tweets, Trump also told Ghani that for any process to succeed, the inclusion of Afghanistan in the talks is imperative.

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