Pak. U.S Relations in New Phase
Pm Imran Met with U.S. President in One on One Meeting
- US president offers to play mediating role between Pakistan and India on Kashmir issue
- Applauds Pakistan’s increased cooperation in Afghan peace process, give us clue of restoring military aid to Pakistan
- PM Imran emphasized Pakistan’s sacrifices on different grounds in war against terror
WASHINGTON DC: On Monday there was a scheduled meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Imran Khan to the White House. The meeting brought different highlighted points.First U.S president offered to be a mediator for the peace in Kashmir. He also lauded Pakistan’s enlarged cooperation in bringing peace to Afghanistan.
Imran Khan was personally welcomed by the US president, who greeted him with a handshake and a pat on the arm.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa also accompanied the premier during the visit.
“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,” Trump said.
“If I can help, I would love to be a mediator. If I can do anything to help, let me know,” the US president added.
To this, PM Imran said, “US is the most powerful country in the world and it can play a very important role for peace in the subcontinent. Over a billion people at moment are held hostage to Kashmir situation and I believe that President Trump can bring two countries together.”
However, Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, denied that PM Modi had not made any request to U.S.
‘PAKISTAN HELPED US A LOT NOW’:
Trump said that the US appreciates Pakistan's assistance in its attempts to achieve peace in Afghanistan, he said in talking of the Afghan peace process.
To a question asking him about his own unfavorable views about Pakistan in the past, Trump said:
“I don’t think Pakistan respected the United States [in the past]. I don’t think Pakistan respected its [the United States’] presidents. I think Pakistan could have done a tremendous amount with respect to Afghanistan: they didn’t do it — another blame game because they were dealing with the wrong presidents — who knows?
“I think they could have help us a lot in the past, but it doesn’t matter [now]. We have a new leader; he is going be a great leader of Pakistan. We have a sort of new leader here [in the US] … but now I think Pakistan could have done a lot [in the past] but it chooses not to just because they didn’t respect US leadership,” he said.
Trump said that he is looking for help from Pakistan to free Washington from the Afghanistan war, if he wanted to kill millions and wipe the country off, he could "win" that war.
“I could win that war in a week. Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth… literally in 10 days. I do not want to go that route,” he said, adding, “I do not want to kill 10 million people.”
PM Imran informed Trump that peace with the Taliban was the sole answer to the Afghan problem and that Afghan peace was nearer than ever to that. He expected he could convince the Taliban to pursue peace negotiations. In the fight against terror, he mentioned that Pakistan has made numerous sacrifices.
The White House published a declaration following the meeting stating that the US is seeking to enhance its financial and trade links with Pakistan. The declaration also quoted Trump as he has already said that to PM Imran,
“Pakistan has made efforts to facilitate the Afghanistan peace talks, and we are going to ask them to do more.”