A delegation of Afghan Taliban meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (right) in Islamabad on December 18. Khan has urged US President-elect Joe Biden to follow his predecessor’s example in handling Afghanistan. Photo: EPA-EFE
A delegation of Afghan Taliban meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (right) in Islamabad on December 18. Khan has urged US President-elect Joe Biden to follow his predecessor’s example in handling Afghanistan. Photo: EPA-EFE
Abdul Basit
Opinion

Opinion

Abdul Basit

Pakistan hopes Joe Biden will maintain Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy to preserve the Taliban peace process

  • Afghanistan is Biden’s most immediate foreign policy challenge, with his range of options risking either the Taliban peace deal or decades of fragile progress
  • Continuing Trump’s strategy would suit Pakistan as it would leave an ascendant role for the Taliban, a minimised Indian presence and a stable political order

A delegation of Afghan Taliban meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (right) in Islamabad on December 18. Khan has urged US President-elect Joe Biden to follow his predecessor’s example in handling Afghanistan. Photo: EPA-EFE
A delegation of Afghan Taliban meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (right) in Islamabad on December 18. Khan has urged US President-elect Joe Biden to follow his predecessor’s example in handling Afghanistan. Photo: EPA-EFE
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