Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan arrived at the White House on Monday for his first one-on-one meeting with US President Donald Trump.
US President Trump has voiced optimism that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan could help broker a political settlement to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan and held out the possibility of restoring aid to Islamabad.
President Trump noted that the US is working with Pakistan to leave Afghanistan, saying that he does not want the US to be “a policeman” in the region.
“I think Pakistan is going to help us out to extricate ourselves,” he said, adding that relations with the country are much better now than before.
Trump spoke of possibly restoring $1.3bn in American aid that he had cut last year, depending upon the results of the meeting. He also offered to mediate in the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India.
The premier said the US, being the most powerful country in the world, can play the most important role in bringing peace to the subcontinent.
“There are over a billion and quarter people in the subcontinent, they are held hostage to the issue of Kashmir, and I feel that only the most powerful state, headed by President Trump, can bring the two countries together.
In response, Trump revealed that India had also asked him to mediate.