US senator urges Trump to meet Imran Khan

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WASHINGTON: Leading US Senator Lindsey Graham vowed Sunday to urge President Donald Trump to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to boost Washington’s Afghanistan peace efforts.

The Republican an influential ally of Trump  made the comments in Islamabad after meeting with the Pakistani leader, saying Khan was an “agent of change” and a “new partner” who could potentially help with a peace deal in Afghanistan.

“I’m going to urge him (Trump) to meet with the prime minister as soon as practical,” Graham told reporters, saying he believed Khan and Trump would “hit it off” because they have “similar personalities”.

“Prime Minister Khan is the agent of change that I’ve been looking for,” he added, lauding the premier’s vision for a political resolution of the Afghan issue.

A meeting with Khan, who has declared strong support for a peace agreement in Afghanistan, would leave Trump “far more enthusiastic about the region than he is today”.