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Trump Khan Talks at WEF – What Transpired and What it Implies?

Published Jan 23, 2020
Updated Feb 29, 2020

US President Donald Trump meet the press with the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has indicated that Washington was willing to resolve tensions between India and Pakistan. This comes after the two Trump and Khan have claimed that they have struck a good friendship with the visit of Prime Minister Khan to the White House last year marking a sort of a turning point.

Transcript of White House Meeting is as given below-

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Khan of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Before Bilateral Meeting | Davos, Switzerland

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  And it’s great to be with a very good friend of mine, the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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.

But it’s an honor to be with my friend.  And thank you very much.  Thank you very much.

PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  My pleasure.  Thank you.

Well, Mr. President, good to see you again.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you.

PRIME MINISTER KHAN:  And, 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.

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.

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Right.  Well, thank you.  Thank you very much.  We’re going to have a good talk.

Thank you very much, everybody.

Q    Mr. President, when you head out to India, will you also visit Pakistan?

PRESIDENT TRUMP:  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.

What the Meeting Suggests

While for the United States the main issue is Afghanistan in which it is believed that Pakistan can play an important role, for Islamabad it is the relations with India and Kashmir.

While the K Word was not mentioned during the Trump and Khan meeting it is apparent that when Imran Khan referred to India this was with reference to the ongoing tensions between the two  South Asian neighbours on Jammu and Kashmir.

President Trump however on different occasions has denied that the US will mediate on Kashmir.

The US is expected to also provide relief to Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force with Islamabad likely to seek more time.

US President Donald Trump’s meet the press with the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has divergent goals and comes weeks before a possible visit of the US President to India