Pakistan looks to approach US President-elect Donald Trump over Kashmir issue
Pakistan has said US president-elect Donald Trump offered to mediate between Pakistan and India to resolve the Kashmir dispute when he spoke last month about the tension between the two countries.
“The US president-elect had offered mediation between Pakistan and India on Kashmir dispute during his campaign and we had welcomed that offer,” said foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria in Islamabad on Thursday.
PTI reports Trump had last month described the tension between India and Pakistan as a “very, very hot tinderbox” and offered to be “the mediator or arbitrator” if the two countries agreed.
Zakaria said Pakistan would sensitise the Trump administration about alleged “human rights violations” in Kashmir.
He said Pakistan had very close relation and bilateral cooperation with the US. “There are numerous areas where both countries have convergence of interests and have worked in partnership on several issues. We look forward to closely working with the new administration in pursuit of our common ideals of freedom, democracy and prosperity,” he said.
“It will remain our endeavour to promote and strengthen this relationship further and also to work closely on areas of common interest with the new administration,” Zakaria was quoted by the Express Tribune as saying.