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Washington, January 22, 2020
United States President Donald Trump has once again offered to help India and Pakistan on Kashmir and said that Washington was watching the situation and closely following it.
In remarks with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan before their bilateral meeting on the margins of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Trump said, "We’re going to be talking about trade and many other things. But trade is going to be of very, very paramount importance. And we’re doing more trade as it turns."
"And we’re working together on some borders, and we’re talking about Kashmir and the relation to what’s going on with Pakistan and India.
"And if we can help, we certainly will be helping. And we’ve been watching that and following it very, very closely," he said, according to a transcript of the interaction put out by the White House.
"Yes, there are issues we want to talk about. The main issue, of course, is Afghanistan because it concerns the U.S. and Pakistan. And, fortunately, we are on the same page. Both of us are interested in peace there and an orderly transition in Afghanistan with talks with Taliban and the government," Imran Khan said.
"And also, of course, India. It is — it is a big issue. For us, in Pakistan, it’s a big issue. And, of course, we always hope that the U.S. will play its part in resolving it because no other country can," the Pakistan Prime Minister added.
Trump was asked if he would also visit Pakistan when he heads out to India later this year.
"Well, we’re visiting right now, so we won’t really have to. But we — I wanted to say hello for both a relationship standpoint — we’ve had a great relationship — and from the standpoint of our two countries. We’re getting along very well. I would say we’ve never been closer with Pakistan than we are right now. And that’s a big statement, although I wouldn’t say at all times we were close, as a country. But we are very close right now because of the relationship that we have. So it’s very important," he said.