Trump thanks Qatar for smooth release of foreign hostages


The two top leaders have also agreed to work together to achieve common objectives in the future.

The trade ties between Pakistan and the United States are set to witness a new record this year as US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed commitment for a stronger relationship, the White House said on Friday.

The two leaders extra agreed to remain in terminate contact.

U.S. President Donald Trump has called Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to thank them for facilitating the release of an American and an Australian who were held hostage by the Taliban since 2016.

What Happened: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accepted U.S. President Donald Trump's invitation to the White House during a phone call, Afghan presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi confirmed via Twitter on November 22.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also apprised the US President on the prevailing situation in Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir, underscoring that more than 8 million people have remained under siege for more than 100 days now.

Recalling their conversations in Washington and NY, the two leaders agreed to deepen bilateral collaboration, including at relevant multilateral forums. Khan conveyed that the release of Western hostages in Afghanistan was a positive development and Pakistan was happy that they were safe and free.

Prospects for peace in Afghanistan seem distant despite the recent release of three key Taleban members in exchange for two Kabul-based American University of Afghanistan professors, a move the Taleban said will help with the peace process.

Pak welcomes release of Profs Kevin King & Timothy Weeks in Afghanistan.

On September 23, Imran pressed Trump to restart talks with Afghanistan's Taliban and said that Washington had a "duty" to calm the Kashmir standoff with India.

Menendez and Young's bill, if enacted, would stipulate that "any action to curtail or remove US military forces from Afghanistan include regular consultation with Congress", and require that the administration allow lawmakers to review a final agreement with the Taliban, including "a description of counterterrorism assurances, USA troop withdrawal, the status of direct Afghan negotiations and progress towards reaching a comprehensive ceasefire".

This interview follows the past week's prisoner exchange of three Haqqani network commanders imprisoned in Afghanistan for two Western professors held by the Taliban.