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Afghanistan war will end in weeks if Pakistan denies safe haven to Taliban: US senator

10 Dec 2019 1TV News

The war in Afghanistan will end in a matter of weeks if Pakistan denies safe haven to the Taliban, US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Monday.

While the US is holding talks with the Taliban, Graham said that it should start negotiating with Pakistan.

“As to negotiating with the Taliban, I think we got this wrong. I think what we should do is start negotiating with Pakistan. If Pakistan denied the Taliban safe haven in Pakistan, the war in Afghanistan would end in a matter of weeks,” Graham said in an interview toFox News.

US resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar on Saturday, three months after President Donald Trump halted the process, citing a deadly attack in Kabul.

Graham said that he wants to change Pakistan’s behaviour.

“So, I want to try to get Pakistan to change their behaviour through a free trade agreement tied to security performances, then talk to the Taliban. I want as much leverage over the Taliban as possible to end this war,” Graham said.

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