Trump-Imran meeting and reaction of India and Afghanistan on Trump’s statements

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  • Cut-off aid to Islamabad could be restored depending upon the cooperation.
  • The country has a power that other nations don’t have with respect to Afghanistan; Trump.
  •  Foreign heads of the state can’t determine Afghanistan’s fate in the absence of the Afghan leadership; Ashraf Ghani’s official statement.
  • Pakistan will do everything within its capacity to facilitate the Afghan Peace Process, says Imran Khan.
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President Donald Trump with premier Imran Khan at Oval office – photo courtesy WhiteHouse Twitter.

The president of the United States in yesterday’s meeting with Imran Khan said that the country is helping us now on Afghanistan – probably the main agenda behind the recent Trump-Imran meeting besides the demands to do more adding that the cut-off aid to Islamabad could be restored depending upon the cooperation and understanding reached between the two countries.

Admiring the role that Pakistan can possibly play to bring peace in Afghanistan Trump said that they have a power that other nations don’t have with respect to Afghanistan.

Talking about ending the war in Afghanistan Trump remarked: “We are like policemen. We’re not fighting a war.”

Trump also mentioned that he could win the Afghanistan war in a week if wanted to fight and win it, adding that, he doesn’t want to kill 10 million people.

His statement about wiping Afghanistan from the face of Earth did not sit well across the war-torn country and President Ashraf Ghani asked about clarifications into the US President’s statement.

Ashraf Ghani’s official statement read that the Afghanistan government supports the US efforts to ensure peace in the country, the government underscores that foreign heads of the state can’t determine Afghanistan’s fate in the absence of the Afghan leadership.

Trump’s comments sparked outrage across Afghanistan whose people are already worried about the fate of their country after the proposed withdrawal of US forces.

Earlier at the inclusion of Pakistan into the Afghan Peace consultations former Afghanistan’s envoy in an interview to a private Indian channel said that India can play a proactive role in the peace process by exerting its influence on several fronts.

Also See: Pakistan Included To Trilateral Afghan Peace Talks, India Feels Elbowed Out

Donald Trump met Prime Minister Imran Khan in a long-awaited juncture which was seen as a breakthrough in stranded bilateral relations between the superpower and the South Asian country.

President Trump gave remarks in the Oval Office at the beginning of his meeting with Prime Minister of Pakistan and hinted that we have many things to be discussed militarily, and terrorism and trade. We do very little trade with Pakistan, he said. Trump also called Imran Khan to be the very popular prime minister of Pakistan.

About cutting the military aid to Pakistan Donald Trump went on to say that the relationship with Pakistan right now is far better than they were in the past(when we’re paying that money), hinting that the money can come back.

In an answer to a question about America’s role in the Kashmir dispute, Trump said that if the two countries can’t solve such an issue that then he would be willing to arbitrate or mediate. Trump also said that the Indian premier asked to mediate on the Kashmir issue.

India’s foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar denied the statement and said that no such request has been made by the premier to US President considering Kashmir as an issue of bilateral concern between India and Pakistan.

“I honestly don’t think Trump has the slightest idea of what he’s talking about. He has either not been briefed or not understood what Modi was saying or what India’s position is on 3rd-party mediation. That said, MEA should clarify that Delhi has never sought his intercession,” said a senior politician from India Shashi Tharor while sharing her response on twitter.

 

“Surprised by the reaction of India to Pres Trump’s offer of mediation to bring Pak & India to the dialogue table for resolving Kashmir conflict which has held subcontinent hostage for 70 years. Generations of Kashmiris have suffered and are suffering daily and need conflict resolution,” said Imran Khan on India’s reaction about Trump’s offer to mediate.

In another tweet, Khan assured President Trump that Pakistan will do everything within its capacity to facilitate the Afghan Peace Process.

What do you foresee the role of Pakistan to end the warlike situations in neighboring Afghanistan after the recent US_Pakistan dialogue breakthrough? Let us know in the comment section

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