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Trump offers mediation on Kashmir after welcoming PM Imran

US President, Donald Trump offered playing the role of a mediator to help India and Pakistan resolve the disputed Kashmir region as he welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on Monday.

The US president said India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also asked him to help with dispute regarding Kashmir.

‘I have heard so much about Kashmir, such a beautiful name, its supposed to be such a beautiful part of the world but right now there’s just bombs all over the place,’ the US President said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the US, being the most powerful country in the world, can play the most important role in bringing peace to the subcontinent.

“There are over a billion and quarter people in the subcontinent, they are held hostage to the issue of Kashmir, and I feel that only the most powerful state, headed by President Trump, can bring the two countries together,” the premier shared.

Donald Trump also dropped hint that the aid for Pakistan could be restored subject to certain conditions.

According to White House bureau chief, Steve Herman, the US president said: US aid for Pakistan could be restored depending on what’s worked out.

“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 chose not to just because they didn’t respect US leadership,”Trump declared.

In a series of tweets, Herman detailed the discussion between both the leaders which also involved discussions regarding India.

On the occasion, the Pakistani premier was quoted as saying that Taliban would talk about peace in coming days.

“I don’t think Pakistan respected the United States” in the past, Trump said, but hastened to add that “they are helping us a lot now”.

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