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Pakistan maintains that it already is doing everything it can to eliminate terrorists in the country, and has been more successful at doing so than its next-door neighbor, Afghanistan, even with the help of thousands of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and USA troops. He also warned Pakistan that it has "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists.

On August 21, US President Donald Trump unveiled his new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia during a speech, in which he called on Pakistan to do more to crack down on terrorist safe havens, warning that otherwise the United States would cut its aid to the country.

Pakistan has denied that it harbors terrorists and has said the United States is using Islamabad as a "scapegoat" for its own failure to win the 16-year war in Afghanistan. But the annual funding has declined in recent years as Washington became increasingly disenchanted with Pakistan's quiet support for the Haqqani network and the Taliban, whose attacks have been responsible for the deaths of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan's position on Afghanistan is very clear: we want to see peace and stability in the country", said Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Saturday in response to Afghan president's message on normalisation of bilateral relations through talks.

Their armies skirmished because of border disputes and Afghanistan's resistance to Pakistan's attempts to fence the porous border for checking unauthorised crossings.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are neighboring countries with same religious beliefs yet absolutely opposite political ideologies.

This was the first formal face-to-face interaction between the high-ranking officials from both sides following May 31 deadly truck bombing in Kabul that killed up to 150 people, mostly civilians. President Ashraf Ghani said it was the time for anti-government armed groups to choose the path of peace "if they are Afghans and are not the tools of others".

"Once again I extend the hand of peace to all of them (militant groups) and tell them that peace is the order of God".

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