WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump hinted at the possibility of restoring $1.3 billion aid to its strategic ally Pakistan, which was suspended last year.
The US president spoke about the possibility of restoring aid during after he met with PM Pakistan Imran Khan at the White House.
President Trump said that the aid was suspended because Pakistan was not helping the US and it was before the PM Imran’s government.
He further said that the ties between the two countries have now improved.
Following an exchange with a reporter, Trump also said he had been asked to mediate the decades-long Kashmir conflict by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and would be happy to help, but his claim was swiftly denied by New Delhi.
According to a White House press release, the US president acknowledged the steps taken by Pakistan to improve regional security and counter terrorism.
President Donald Trump hailed Pakistan s help in advancing peace talks in Afghanistan, in a marked shift in tone as the United States seeks an accord with the Taliban to end almost 18 years of war.
The path to a strong and enduring partnership between Pakistan and the United States lies in working together to find a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan,” said the press briefing’s statement.
In terms of trade, the press statement said that Pakistan and US set “new record for bilateral trade in 2018 of $6.6 billion.”
US President Donald Trump Says to Pakistan’s Imran Khan: “I’d Love to go to Pakistan”
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced on Tuesday that United States President Donald Trump has accepted Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan’s invitation to visit Pakistan.
Addressing a news conference in Washington, the foreign minister said that delegation level talks were held between the two countries. The foreign minister said that it was a good development that the US president had accepted the invitation of the PM to visit Pakistan.
He further said that the US president said that the States is going to have a very good relationship with Pakistan. Qureshi added that Trump demonstrated joint resolve to promote peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The US president has also expressed his readiness to play a ‘facilitating role’ in resolving the Kashmir issue, he added.
Melania shares pictures of meeting with PM Imran on social media
First Lady of the United States Melania Trump shared the pictures of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the White House on the social media on Monday.
“Great to have Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan at the White House,” Melania Trump said on Twitter.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 22, 2019
Melania Trump has expressed pleasure on the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to the White House.
During his meeting at the White House with PM Imran, US President Donald Trump offered to mediate the decades-long Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, signaling a shift in long-standing US policy that the issue must be solved bilaterally.
Kashmir has been divided between both countries and China since the end of British colonial rule in 1947, and remains at the root of tensions between the two nuclear-armed South Asian countries.
“If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” Trump said at the White House, where he was hosting Pakistan s Prime Minister Imran Khan. “If I can do anything to help, let me know.”
‘Working toward peace, stability, and prosperity’
Meanwhile, the White House has issued a ‘fact sheet’ over Prime Minister Imran’s visit to the US, stating that President Trump wants to work with Pakistan to achieve peace, stability, and economic prosperity in the region.
- President Trump is working to strengthen cooperation with Pakistan on issues that are vital to the peace, stability, and prosperity of the South Asia region.
- President Trump has made clear that he wants to see peace and stability in the region. The US president acknowledges the initial steps Pakistan has taken to improve regional security and counter terrorism.
- Pakistan has made efforts to facilitate the Afghanistan peace talks, and Islamabad will be asked to further enhance its efforts.
- The path to a strong and enduring partnership between Pakistan and the United States lies in working together to find a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan has taken some steps against terrorist groups operating within Pakistan.
- It is vital that Pakistan take action to shut down all groups once and for all.
- The United States and Pakistan enjoy a strong economic partnership that benefits both of countries.
- The United States and Pakistan set a new record for bilateral trade in 2018 of $6.6 billion.
- United States exports to Pakistan reached a record high of $2.8 billion in 2018, supporting approximately 10,000 American jobs.
- The United States is the largest export market for Pakistan’s goods.
- Our trade relationship with Pakistan has been especially beneficial for American farmers.
- The United States exported $1.4 billion in agricultural products to Pakistan in 2018.
- Over the past 15 years, the United States has been one of the top five investors in Pakistan.
- American energy producers are seeing more and more business opportunities with Pakistan.
- American companies are incorporating cutting-edge technologies into energy projects throughout Pakistan.
- American companies have competed to win more than $3 billion in energy-related business in Pakistan.
- Pakistan has purchased extensive amounts of American liquefied natural gas (LNG), including 22.8 billion cubic feet of LNG from March 2017 to April 2019.
- ExxonMobil reestablished its presence in Pakistan in 2018 after 27 years and is working to increase LNG imports.