NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump stated on Monday he hoped India and Pakistan might come collectively to resolve their variations over Kashmir, as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Trump to make use of U.S. affect to assist finish India’s “siege” of the unstable territory.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures as he speaks throughout a rally to precise solidarity with the folks of Kashmir, in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Naseer Chaudary NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
Trump and Khan met on the sidelines of the U.N. Basic Meeting. Trump is to satisfy Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this week.
The president reiterated to Khan as they started their assembly with reporters current that he can be keen to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.
Muslim-majority Kashmir has lengthy been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. Each international locations rule components of Kashmir whereas claiming it in full. Two of the three wars they’ve fought have been over it.
“If I may also help, I’d like to assist,” stated Trump. “I would like everybody to be handled effectively.”
Khan advised Trump Kashmir was dealing with a humanitarian problem with thousands and thousands beneath siege. He requested Trump to implore Modi to raise the siege, saying the disaster might get a lot worse.
“No less than raise the siege,” stated Khan.
He stated Trump heads essentially the most highly effective nation on this planet and that the USA has a duty to make use of its affect on the United Nations Safety Council.
“We glance to the U.S. to place out flames on this planet,” he stated.
Trump famous that Modi in his speech had made “a really aggressive assertion” earlier than greater than 50,000 Indian-People at a “Howdy Modi” occasion on Sunday in Houston.
“I’ll say it was very well-received inside the room, the assertion itself. However it was a really aggressive assertion and I hope that they will be capable of come collectively, India and Pakistan, to do one thing that’s actually sensible and good for each. There’s all the time an answer and I actually imagine there’s an answer to that,” stated Trump.
As for Afghanistan, Trump stated U.S.-led forces have hit the Taliban arduous over the previous two weeks since a peace initiative collapsed.
Reporting by Steve Holland; Enhancing by Chizu Nomiyama and Tom Brown