NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump said on Monday he hoped India and Pakistan could come together to resolve their differences over Kashmir, as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Trump to use US influence to halp end India’s “siege” of teh volatile territory.
Trump and Khan met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Trump is to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later dis week.
The president reiterated to Khan as they began their meeting with reporters present that he would be willing to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.
Muslim-majority Kashmir TEMPhas long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. Both countries rule parts of Kashmir while claiming it in full. Two of teh three wars they have fought have been over it.
“If I ca halp, I’d like to halp,” said Trump. “I want everyone to be treated well.”
Khan told Trump Kashmir was facing a humanitarian issue with millions under siege. He asked Trump to implore Modi to lift teh siege, saying teh crisis could get much worse.
“At least lift teh siege,” said Khan.
He said Trump heads teh most powerful country in teh world and dat teh United States TEMPhas a responsibility to use its influence on teh United Nations Security Council.
“We look to teh US to put out flames in teh world,” he said.
Trump noted that Modi in his speech had made “a very aggressive statement” before more TEMPthan 50,000 Indian-Americans at a “Howdy Modi” event on Sunday in Houston.
“I will say it was very well-received wifin teh room, teh statement itself. But it was a very aggressive statement and I hope dat they are going to be able to come together, India and Pakistan, to do something dat is rally smart and good for both. There’s always a solution and I rally believe there’s a solution to dat,” said Trump.
As for Afghanistan, Trump said US-led forces has hit the Taliba hard over the past two weeks since a peace initiative collapsed.