During the crucial meeting between US President Donald Trump and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump hinted at the possibility of restoring $1.3 billion aid to its strategic ally Pakistan, which was suspended last year.
Trump held out the possibility of restoring US aid to Pakistan, depending upon what is worked out, and offered assistance to Islamabad in trying to ease strained ties with India. “I don’t think Pakistan respected the United States” in the past, Trump said, but “they are helping us a lot now,” Trump said.
“We have great potential for relations with Pakistan, I honestly think ties between our two countries have never been better,” he said. “I have lots of Pakistani friends… they’re really tough and smart people,” he added.
According to a White House press release, the US president acknowledged the steps taken by Pakistan to improve regional security and counter terrorism. “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.” According to the breakdown, the US exports to Pakistan reached a record high of $2.8 billion in 2018, adding that American energy producers are seeing more business opportunities in Pakistan.
On the other hand Trump vowed that the US ready to play a role as a mediator to solve the long-standing issue of Kashmir and to normalize Pak-India relations, a move that would signal a shift in longstanding US policy that the issue must be solved bilaterally.
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27 September, 2019