Washington, July 22: United States President Donald Trump on Monday met visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House to discuss an array of issues, ranging from trade between the two nations to crackdown on terrorism in South Asia region. During their meeting, Trump reportedly offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir territorial row.
Trump claimed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also pitched him for aid in resolving the Kashmir border dispute. "PM Modi asked for help on disputed Kashmir," the US President told Imran Khan, adding that he would "love to be a mediator". Pakistan and India Failed to Improve Situation in Kashmir: UN
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Kashmir has remain a bone of contention between India and Pakistan for the last seven decades. Both the countries have accused each other of violating the UN-sanctioned guidelines to resolve the dispute.
This was Imran Khan's first visit with Trump, and was aimed at repairing the bilateral ties that were hit after the US President publicly criticised Islamabad, cancelled military aid and asked it to do more to fight terrorism.
Khan, who was accompanied by Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi among others, was greeted by Trump upon his arrival at the White House.
"The Prime Minister of Pakistan is here to showcase his vision of a 'Naya Pakistan' and to start a new era of bilateral relations. We have come with a narrative of peace and prosperity in the region," Qureshi tweeted soon after Khan's meeting with Trump.