US, Pak have by no means been nearer than proper now: Trump

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ISLAMABAD – US President Donald Trump yesterday stated that his nation had by no means been nearer to Pakistan than right this moment as he pledged assistance on the Kashmir concern.

Talking to journalists earlier than a proper assembly along with his ‘buddy’ Prime Minister Imran Khan in Davos on the sidelines of the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, Trump stated: “The 2 international locations have an excellent relationship. We’ve got by no means been nearer with Pakistan.” He added: “And this can be a large assertion.”

To a query if he would additionally go to Pakistan since he was set for a visit to India, Trump stated he was already assembly the Pakistani premier in Davos.

President Trump once more provided to play a task concerning Kashmir concern. “We’ve got been carefully monitoring the state of affairs in (occupied) Kashmir. I’ll (later) focus on the Kashmir concern with Prime Minister Imran Khan,” including he would converse to Indian PM Narendra Modi on the dispute.

Donald Trump stated Imran Khan was his buddy and he was pleased to fulfill him once more.

“What’s occurring between Pakistan and India … if we may also help, we actually will likely be prepared to. We’ve got been watching it very carefully and it’s an honour to be right here with my buddy,” he maintained.

Trump stated that commerce was going to be of very, very paramount significance … and “we’re working collectively on some borders, and we’re speaking about Kashmir in relation to what’s going on with Pakistan and India. And if we may also help we actually will likely be serving to.”

PM Imran Khan stated: “Luckily, America and Pakistan are on the identical web page concerning Afghanistan. Talks are being held between their authorities and Taliban.”

He added: “The Pakistan-India battle is a really large concern for us in Pakistan and we count on the US to all the time play its half in deescalating the tensions, as a result of no different nation can.”

Abdul Razak Dawood and Zulfi Bukhari – the PM’s  advisers on commerce and abroad Pakistanis, respectively — have been a part of the delegation that met Trump.

The final time Trump and PM Imran Khan had met in 2019, the previous had stated he would “mediate” to resolve the Kashmir concern, kicking up a frenzy in India.

Tensions between Pakistan and India have ratcheted up during the last two years, with the international locations nearly going to battle in February 2019 when New Delhi’s fighter planes bombed Balakot in response to the Pulwama assault.

Pakistan retaliated befittingly on February 27 by downing two Indian jets and capturing Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was launched after being held captive for 2 days as a “gesture of peace” by PM Imran Khan in direction of India.

Months after that, India on August 5, 2019, revoked Article 370 of its Structure — which gave a particular standing to occupied Kashmir — and sparked anger in Pakistan, with Islamabad chopping off diplomatic ties with New Delhi.

Belief degree between Pakistan and the US has gone up significantly amid high-level contacts and conferences.

Yesterday, Alice Wells, Performing Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, referred to as on International Secretary Sohail Mahmood in Islamabad to debate the bilateral and regional points.

Final week, International Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had visited Washington to carry talks along with his American counterpart Mike Pompeo. 

FM Qureshi termed the talks profitable and hinted at additional cooperation. He had earlier introduced that Afghan Taliban – who engaged in talks with the US on Pakistan’s insistence – have been prepared to surrender violence for the sake of peace. US high envoy on Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is anticipated to go to Pakistan quickly to finalise a peace deal.

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