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Pakistan PM Khan to discuss Afghanistan peace deal with Trump

'Ice-breaking event' lets Islamabad reaffirm its value to US in vital region

The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday will address growing concern over security in Afghanistan. (Reuters/AP)

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will arrive at the White house on Monday for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump as the countries look to revive relations and extricate America from its nearly 18 years of war in Afghanistan.

Dubbed by some Pakistani officials as an "ice-breaking event," the meeting follows months of growing cooperation between Islamabad and Washington to push for a peace settlement in Afghanistan. The ongoing conflict in the Central Asian country between Taliban militants and the weak U.S.-backed government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has become America's longest running war.

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