Trump tells Sharif he is ready to play any role Pak wants to solve its problems

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November 30, 2016

US president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he was ready to play any role desired by Pakistan to resolve the country’s outstanding problems.

Trump made the remarks when Sharif telephoned the president-elect and congratulated him on his victory in the US election.

November 30, 2016

US president-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he was ready to play any role desired by Pakistan to resolve the country’s outstanding problems.

Trump made the remarks when Sharif telephoned the president-elect and congratulated him on his victory in the US election.

“During the telephonic conversation, Donald Trump said he is ready to play any role that Pakistan wants him to do to find solutions to the outstanding problems. He said it will be an honour and he will personally do it,” state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

Trump also said Sharif has a “very good reputation” and is doing “amazing work, which is visible in every way”. Trump also said he looked forward to meeting Sharif soon.

Pakistan, the real estate mogul said, is “amazing with tremendous opportunities” and “Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people”. When Sharif invited him to visit the country, Trump reportedly said he “would love to visit (the) fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people”.

Trump’s remarks marked a departure from the stand he had taken on Pakistan while on the campaign trail. In September, he told a US radio show that Pakistan was “probably the most dangerous” country in the world and that only India could “check” Pakistan. Pakistan is “a serious problem” because it has nuclear weapons and “a lot of them”, just like North Korea, he had said. “India is the check to Pakistan,” he said. “You have to get India involved…They have their own nukes and have a very powerful army. They seem to be the real check…I think we have to deal very closely with India to deal with it (Pakistan).

The following month, while addressing an event organized by the Republican Hindu Coalition, Trump had described India-Pakistan tensions as a “very, very hot tinderbox” and said he would “love to be the mediator or arbitrator” if the two countries wanted him to.

“Well, I would love to see Pakistan and India get along, because that’s a very, very hot tinderbox… That would be a very great thing. I hope they can do it,” he said.


Courtesy: HT

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