"We already know that Pakistan has played an important role in trying to facilitate reconciliation talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government," White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest said.
In fact, one of the early rounds of those talks actually took place in Pakistan, were hosted by the Pakistani government, he said.
"I don't want to be in a position of speaking for the Pakistani government, but it's the President's view that everybody in that region recognises the important benefits associated with progress on reconciliation talks," he said in response to a question.
The President is going to continue to use the influence that he has with the Afghan government to encourage them to pursue those talks.
"I think that is, frankly, something that the Afghan government doesn't need a lot of encouragement to pursue. That's something that they themselves are interested in," he said.
At a separate briefing Pentagon Press Secretary, Peter Cook, said Pakistan is an important player in the Afghan puzzle.
"Certainly, Pakistan is an important part of that conversation going forward. It's not the only part of that conversation, obviously, as well," Cook said in response to a question.
Acknowledging that the US government doesn't have a lot of influence with the Taliban, Earnest said, but there are other countries in the region and other actors in the region that do.


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