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Afghanistan Central to Pompeo’s Meeting with Pakistani PM

Simon Henderson

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The Hill

September 4, 2018

President Trump is likely expecting some progress to emerge from this week’s diplomacy, but ongoing concerns with Islamabad’s stances on terrorism, Iran, and other issues mean he shouldn’t hold his breath.

It will be a miracle if Wednesday’s meeting in Islamabad between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan goes smoothly. Pre-meeting diplomacy has been less than diplomatic. It started with Pompeo’s first telephone call to Khan, whose party was the largest party after nationwide elections last month...

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