Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan met with President Trump at the White House Monday as both men appeared to try to ease tensions following Trump’s cutting off of over $1 billion in security assistance to Pakistan last year. Trump told reporters Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to act as a mediator between Pakistan and India on the issue of Kashmir—a claim that was quickly denied by Indian officials.
Trump and Khan also spoke about the ongoing war in Afghanistan, with Trump saying Pakistan would help the U.S. “extricate” itself from the conflict. Trump also said he could win the war in Afghanistan and wipe the country “off the face of the earth” in 10 days, but that he doesn’t want to kill 10 million people.
President Donald Trump: “We’ve been there for 19 years, and we’ve acted as policemen, not soldiers. And again, if we wanted to be soldiers, it would be over in 10 days, one week to 10 days, if we wanted to. But I have not chosen that. Why—why are we—why would we kill millions of people?”
Khan, meanwhile, said the Afghan War must be solved politically and that “this is the closest we have been to a peace deal.” Deadly attacks have continued to plague Afghanistan amid the ongoing peace talks. At least 10 civilians were killed Friday in air attacks by Afghan security forces in the western Badghis province, while at least 10 others were killed and 30 injured after a car bomb went off near Kabul University.