KARACHI -- US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States has never been as close to Pakistan as it is right now and that he will discuss the Kashmir issue with 'friend' Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) summit.
Prior to a private meeting, the two leaders spoke during a media briefing on the sidelines of the summit being held in Davos.
Reiterating Pakistan's desire for peace and continuity of its efforts for regional stability, Mr Khan said he would talk to President Trump on the situation in Afghanistan. The US president, while referring to Mr Khan as his friend, said he would speak to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the Kashmir issue. 'We're talking about Kashmir [...] if we can help, we certainly will be helping. We've been watching that and following it very, very closely,' said President Trump.
Mr Khan said: 'Mr president, it is good to see you again. Yes, there are issues we want to talk about. The main issue is Afghanistan because it concerns the US and Pakistan.
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'Fortunately, we are on the same page. Both of us are interested in peace there and an orderly transition in Afghanistan with talks with Taliban and the government.'
He said it was always hoped that the US would take part in resolving the issue because no other country could.
The US president avoided responding concretely to a question by a reporter whether he would also visit Pakistan as he was due to visit India. 'Well, we are meeting right now. I wanted to say hello,' he said. However, he added, the US and Pakistan were getting along very well. 'We have never been closer with Pakistan than we are right now,' he claimed.
The occasion marks the third time the two world leaders have met since the premier assumed office in 2018.
The meeting comes against the backdrop of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's trip to the United States, where he met his counterpart to defuse regional tensions.
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