PRESIDENT Donald Trump has reached out to Pakistan’s prime minister, sending a letter seeking co-operation in ending the 17-year war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The US leader wrote to Imran Khan with hopes of bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Relations between the nations had soured last month after Trump alleged that Pakistan harboured al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden despite getting billions of dollars in American aid.

But this development could help ease tension between Washington and Islamabad.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in the letter Trump had emphasised that the countries “should explore opportunities to work together and renew their partnership”.

The ministry welcomed the US president’s outreach, adding: “Pakistan has always advocated a political settlement to end war in Afghanistan.”

Authorities did not release the letter, which Khan received this morning.