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Trump and Pakistani PM Khan, meet in the midst of strained relations, to discuss ending the Afghan conflict

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President Trump met with the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, as the two Nations work to patch up relations have been tense since the United States cut off $300 million in military aid for Pakistan amid complaints that the country is not enough to do, to terrorism, to fight.

Trump and Khan traded barbs via Twitter after Khan won the Parliament in Pakistan election just over a year, but during a brief appearance before a round of meetings on Monday in the White house, the two leaders of the world together to put on smiling faces and talked about the work.

“I’ve been looking forward to, since I took office,” said Khan.

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Trump on Monday said that in the past, Pakistan had not “respected the United States,” and that the country would have been able to do more,” but added that he would improve hopeful relations under Khan.

The two leaders planned to discuss trade, energy, counter-terrorism and the efforts to achieve stability in Southeast Asia. The United States was in talks with the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan, a withdrawal of American troops from the country and an end to the 18-year-long conflict.

“I’ve got plans for Afghanistan,” Trump said before the meeting. “If I was to win it, it would be the face of the earth wiped. I don’t want to do that.”

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The Trump administration wants Pakistan to its use and the influence of the Taliban to a ceasefire in Afghanistan, the peace process and stability, so he can stop or significantly America’s reduced involvement in the war.

“This is said to be the longest war the U.S. has ever fought,” Khan. “It was always a political settlement at the end.”

In November, Trump Pakistan beat them in a tweet because Pakistan is reminiscent of a leader who had the country that harbored Osama bin Laden before he hunted down eventually and killed by U.S. forces. Khan shot back in a tweet to “put the record straight” on the country had paid more in the war against terrorism.

The tensions between Washington and Islamabad relaxed slightly, last week, when the Pakistani officials arrested a radical cleric and the United States wanted to engage the terrorist suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

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Hafiz Saeed was taken into custody in the province of Punjab during the trip from the Eastern city of Lahore, in the city of Gujranwala, according to the counterterrorism official Mohammad Shafiq.

Saeed founded the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which was blamed for the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. His charity organizations, Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Falah-e-Insaniat, the alleged fronts for Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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The United States will provide a $ 10 million reward for his arrest, and Washington recently intensified pressure on Islamabad to crack down on terrorist groups. In response, Pakistan registered over a dozen cases against Saeed and several of his employees, he accused you of, the financing of militant groups, was arrested by the welfare associations, and leading to last Wednesday.

“After ten years of the so-called ‘mastermind’ of the Mumbai Terror search, attacks was arrested in Pakistan,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Great pressure has been exercised in the last two years to him!”

How many aspects of the relationship between the United States and Pakistan, Saeed arrest was complicated, as officials in the country allowed him to live openly in Lahore for years, and even interviews to foreign media.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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