Imran Khan appreciates Trump’s mediation offer on Kashmir

New York: Pakistan and the US have reaffirmed their resolve to build a broad-based and mutually-beneficial partnership.

The understanding came at a meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Prime Minister Khan appreciated President Trump’s continued offers of assistance in mediating the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Describing India’s draconian lockdown in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir as a dire humanitarian crisis, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of immediate lifting of the curfew and other restrictions and resolving the Kashmir dispute for durable peace and stability in South Asia.

The two leaders also reviewed the evolving regional peace and security scenario. They reiterated their shared interest in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan hoped for an early resumption of the Afghan peace and reconciliation process while underlining that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict.

Building on the Prime Minister’s successful visit to Washington in July 2019, the two leaders expressed the resolve to expedite progress in the mutually prioritized areas of trade, investment and energy cooperation.

Later, addressing a news conference along with Prime Minister Imran Khan in New York, US President Donald Trump once again offered to mediate on the issue of Kashmir with the consent of both Pakistan and India leaders.

He expressed hope that leadership of India and Pakistan can work together to sort out this issue.

Trump said there was a very aggressive statement in yesterday’s address of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Appreciating the political wisdom and acumen of Imran Khan, he said he trusts Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan.