President Trump hosted PM Imran in White House, offers to mediate Kashmir dispute

WASHINGTON: The President of US Donald Trump offered to mediate the Kashmir dispute on Monday between India and Pakistan as he hosted Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan at the White House.

A large number of Pakistani-Americans gathered outside the White House. The President of US Donald Trump welcomed Imran Khan after shaking hands and pausing for photos.

The leader of Pakistani held a one-on-one meeting with the head-of-state of US, wherein the latter offered to mediate the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.

Donald Trump said “I will say that we have a very good relationship with India. I know that your relationship was strained a little bit … maybe a lot.” He added “But we will be talking about India, it will be a big part of the conversation today.”

The US president added that “If I can help, I would love to be a mediator. If I can do anything to help, let me know.”

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said in a Twitter post that “The Prime Minister of Pakistan is here to showcase his vision of a “Naya Pakistan” and to start a new era of bilateral relations.”

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi further added that “We have come with a narrative of peace and prosperity in the region.”

Donald Trump added that they would create a stable partnership and strengthen ties between the two countries.

According to the White House, the two leaders discussed several issues during their meeting, including “counterterrorism, energy, defence, and trade, with the goal of creating the conditions for a peaceful South Asia and an enduring partnership between our two countries.

The director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor spoke at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington where he confirmed that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Bajwa would be part of delegation of PM Imran during the meeting with Trump.

The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee of United States and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Graham “has been the most vocal and active supporter of refreshing US-Pakistan bilateral ties in the interest of regional peace and security”.

The US senator termed the meeting with the Prime Minister Imran Khan as “great”, in successive tweets by saying that “In my opinion he and his government represent the best opportunity in decades to have a beneficial strategic relationship the US.

He added “This will help us secure Afghanistan and the region long-term.”

He further said “Tremendous business opportunities exist between Pakistan and the US through a free trade agreement tied to our mutual security interests. It’s also our best chance in decades to reset the relationship between the US and Pakistan.”

“Hoping for a great meeting between President @realDonaldTrump and PM Khan today,” he said.

Earlier, upon his arrival in Washington for the first-ever, three-day visit to the United States, a warm welcome was given to Imran Khan by senior officials of the US Department of State. He was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razzaq Dawood, and Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Dr Asad Majeed Khan.

Imran Khan was given a glorious welcome at his arrival at Embassy Residence, with the Pakistani community and fans playing the dhol. Khan will be staying in Pakistan House.

The PM Imran Khan has a tight schedule in the US capital today as he would be meeting the interim managing director of IMF, World Bank President David Malpass, and the Pakistani-American business community.

Imran Khan is also set to participate in the Pakistan Business Summit, where he would be giving an address as well.

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