Ready to play mediator between Pakistan, India: Trump

Published: October 16, 2016
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Hindu Coalition's Humanity United Against Terror Charity event on October 15, 2016 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. PHOTO: AFP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Hindu Coalition's Humanity United Against Terror Charity event on October 15, 2016 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in Edison, New Jersey. PHOTO: AFP

Republican nominee for the upcoming US presidential elections, Donald Trump, has hinted at playing the role of a “mediator or arbitrator” in appeasing the current flare-up of tensions 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 said in response to a question during an exclusive interview with the Hindustan Times.

The remarks by the White House hopeful came before his address at an event sponsored by the Republican Hindu Coalition to raise money for victims of terrorism.

Trump pledges strong US ties with India if elected president

The Republican nominee expressed his wish to see Pakistan and India get along, saying it would be a “great thing”. “Well, I would love to see Pakistan and India get along, because that’s a very, very hot tinderbox… That would be a very great thing. I hope they can do it,” he upheld.

“Look at the recent problem that you [India] had and other problems that you have had over the years,” Trump added, making an oblique reference to the Uri attack and the recent flare-up in Indo-Pakistan tensions.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • G. Din
    Oct 16, 2016 - 5:56PM

    Wading in nonchalantly where angels fear to tread! Shows he has no idea of what anyone, including a US President, is waiting for him/her. Suggest you first attempt to unravel the Palestinian imbroglio after you have walked the cemetery where are buried those past US Presidents who fell while negotiating the minefields. Recommend

  • Sandip
    Oct 16, 2016 - 10:01PM

    And drive both to bankruptcy? No Thanks. You can shower your immense talent on the US (that is if they want it). Please spare India (and I am hoping Pakistan as well).Recommend

  • Amer
    Oct 17, 2016 - 8:44AM

    Where are all the Indians who love Trump so much ? Please line up now… Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 17, 2016 - 3:56PM

    I think DT will be more work and less talk. so that way our Indo Pak relations will move a bit forward if not fully solve . Recommend

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