ISLAMABAD: United States President Donald Trump has said that the US sees great trade opportunities in Pakistan and was willing to invest in the country. He said the bilateral trade could be expanded “10, 20 times”.
During a joint press conference along Prime Minister Imran Khan inside the Oval Office, Trump said that not enough opportunities had been explored between the two countries.
To a query on if he would visit Pakistan any time sooner, to which Trump quipped that while he had yet to be invited by Imran Khan, he would “love to” visit one day.
President Donald Trump has revealed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had requested him to mediate the Kashmir conflict with Pakistan.
Offering to mediate between the rival neighbouring countries on the 70-year-old Kashmir issue, Donald Trump said, “If I can help, I would love to be a mediator.” To which PM Imran Khan said that if Trump would do that, he would “have the prayers of more than a billion people”. He said the US could play the most important role in bringing peace to the region.
“There are over a billion and quarter people in the subcontinent, they are held hostage to the issue of Kashmir, and I feel that only the most powerful state, headed by President Trump, can bring the two countries together.
“From my point, I can tell you we have tried our best, we have made all overtures to India to start a dialogue, resolve our differences through dialogue, but unfortunately we haven’t made headways as yet. But I am hoping that President Trump would push this process,” said Imran Khan.
In response, the US president revealed that Indian leadership had sought his help in mediation.
“I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago. We talked about the subject (Kashmir) and he actually said, ‘Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?’. I said where, he said Kashmir, because it has been going on for many, many years.
“I was surprised to know how long it has been going on. I think they would like to see it resolved, you would like to see it resolved and if I can help, I would love to become a mediator,” he said.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has, however, denied that Modi had made any request to Trump regarding Kashmir.
President Trump said Pakistan was a great country that helped the US to a great extent in moving forward the peace process in Afghanistan and Washington was working with Islamabad actively.
To to a query, he said the US had already withdrawn certain number of troops from Afghanistan. He, however, said he would not take any step in removal of troops hastily.
Trump said we would discuss military, trade and host of other issues during the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Imran said the US was vital for Pakistan and both had relations spanning over many decades since independence of Pakistan.
Imran Khan said Pakistan fought as a frontline state both during Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and also in war on terror. He said there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict.
He said there should be no question on Pakistan’s sincerity in resolving this conflict.