Pak Welcomes ‘Trump’s Offer’ To Mediate On Kashmir Issue

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ISLAMABAD:Pakistan on Thursday said it "welcomed" the US President-elect Donald Trump's offer to mediate between Pakistan and India on the Kashmir dispute.

During a weekly press briefing in Islamabad, while responding to queries about the victory of Republican Donald Trump in the US presidential election, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the President-elect had earlier offered mediation between Pakistan and India on Kashmir dispute and "we had welcomed that offer".

Pakistan's statement comes on the wake of various reports that suggest the new US President may favour India over its other long-time ally. Trump had once called Pakistan "probably the most dangerous country in the world". 

Zakaria said Pakistan desires a close relationship with the US, and wishes to further strengthen it.

The US President-elect last month said that if elected, he would be willing to play the mediator in addressing the "very, very hot tinderbox" of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

"If it was necessary, I would do that. If we could get India and Pakistan getting along, I would be honoured to do that. That would be a tremendous achievement… I think if they wanted me to, I would love to be the mediator or arbitrator," Trump had said in the interview.

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