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Afghan war can end in few weeks if Pakistan denies safe heaven to Taliban: U.S. senator

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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Lindsey Graham said, in a televised interview, that the United States should start negotiating with Pakistan instead to get as much ‘leverage’ on the Taliban as possible

The war in Afghanistan would end in few weeks if Pakistan denied the Taliban safe haven in its territory, a top U.S. Senator said. Senator Lindsey Graham said the United States should negotiate with Pakistan instead of the Taliban to see an end to the war in Afghanistan.

“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 to Fox News on Monday.

Talks with Taliban resume

Washington resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar on Saturday, three months after President Donald Trump had abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America’s longest war. Mr. Trump called the year-long effort “dead” and withdrew an invitation to the insurgents to join secret talks at his U.S. retreat at Camp David after the killing of an American soldier.

Mr. Graham also said that he wants to change the behaviour of Pakistan. “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,” he added.

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