I Trust Pakistan, Can be a good arbitrator in Kashmir: Trump


WASHINGTON, Sep 23: US President Donald Trump made a fresh offer of arbitration between India and Pakistan on Monday ahead of a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and just 24 hours after he shared stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a huge public meeting in Houston and emphasized the US stand to “free the world of radical Islamic terrorism”.

He,rather,said it’s not Pakistan but considers Iran “number one” terror state.

Just before Monday’s meeting with Imran Khan, President Trump was asked about the possibility of mediating between India and Pakistan and on the Kashmir issue, to this President said if both Khan and Modi wanted him to mediate an agreement between them on Kashmir, he was “ready, willing and able”.

“If I can help, I would certainly do. It will be dependent on both of these gentlemen [Modi and Khan], one without the other doesn’t work if you’re going to do mediation or if you’re going to do an arbitration,” he said.

“Certainly I would be willing to help if both Pakistan and India wanted me to do that. I am ready, willing and able. It’s a complex issue, it’s been going on for a long time but if both wanted it I would be ready to do it,” Trump added.

But asked if he endorsed India’s assertion that Pakistan was the “hub of terrorism”, President Trump said, “I have been pointing much more to Iran”.

Trump repented on being asked whether he trusted Pakistan, Trump replied: “People in my position have treated Pakistan very badly…I wouldn’t say Pakistan has treated us too well either but maybe there was a reason. In fact, I think there was a reason for it.”

Pointing to Khan, who was sitting next to him, Trump added, “I trust this gentleman right here and I do trust Pakistan.” “I trust Pakistan, Want to see everyone treated well in Kashmir.I have a very good relation with Prime Minister Modi. I have a very good relationship with Prime Minister Khan. If they both say ‘we have a point to iron out’, I will be ready to do it,” he told reporters, Imran Khan at his side . “I think I’d be an extremely good arbitrator,” he added.

Tagging PM Modi’s comments on Pakistan at Houston yesterday as “very aggressive”.

On the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, Trump said, “Sure, I’d like to see everything work out. I want it to be humane, I want everybody to be treated well.”

Trump appreciated Khan and said he had heard Pakistan had “made great progress” in tackling terrorism under Khan, who he described as a “great leader”. He added, “I think he wants to make great progress. There’s no solution the other way, the other way is only going to lead to death and chaos and poverty.”

Trump claimed that he deserves a Nobel Prize for “a lot of things” but complained that the committee that hands out the awards does so unfairly.
I think I’m going to get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things, if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t,” Trump said.

He also alluded to former president Barack Obama’s 2009 Nobel Prize, which the Norwegian Nobel Committee said was in recognition of work on nuclear nonproliferation and creating a “new climate” in international relations.

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