Trump’s deal-making skills ‘can help resolve Kashmir’, says Pence

Published: December 6, 2016

US vice-president-elect Mike Pence stated that Donald Trump could use his “extraordinary deal-making skills” to reduce tensions around the world and resolve problems, including the Kashmir issue.

In his interview with the NBC News, the vice-president-elect said that the new US administration intends to be ‘fully engaged’ in South Asia and with India and Pakistan on issues such as Kashmir to promote peace and security in the region.

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“I think in president-elect Donald Trump you’ve got someone, who is prepared to advance America’s interests here at home, to rebuild this economy, to fight for American jobs,” he said.

“But I think you’re also going to see an energetic leadership in the world, prepared to engage and to look for ways that he can bring those extraordinary deal-making skills to bear on lessening tensions and solving problems in the world,” he added.

Referring to recent tensions between India and Pakistan, Pence said Trump wanted to make sure that both countries “know that when this administration takes office, that we intend to be fully engaged in the region and fully engaged with both nations to advance peace and security”.

Pence further said there had “been great tension between India and Pakistan in recent days. It’s resulted in violence along the Kashmir region.”

During his conversations with leaders of India and Pakistan, Trump had expressed “a desire for continued US engagement on building the relationship with both of those countries”.

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The US president had expressed the desire to visit Pakistan on Wednesday in a phone call made by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to felicitate Trump for becoming the 46th president of the United States after the November elections.

The candid telephone call had made headlines with the western media also covering it prominently.

Telephone conversations between world leaders are usually reported carefully using diplomatic language. But in this case, the Prime Minister’s Office released the transcript showing how Trump was all praise for Pakistan and its people.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 6th, 2016.

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  • whats in the name
    Dec 6, 2016 - 9:00AM

    Unfortunately MODI Cannot be Bought….Recommend

  • Dessi
    Dec 6, 2016 - 9:07AM

    Kashmir gives India $40 billion defense budget which is expected to rise $100 billion in 10 years. It gives lot of defense related jobs, defence production factories, curuption dollars both for India and USA.Recommend

  • Milind
    Dec 6, 2016 - 10:08AM

    Mike Pence underestimated Pakistan’s deal breaking skillsRecommend

  • Zafar Sipra
    Dec 6, 2016 - 11:36AM

    They learned that from Nehru when he reneged on his earlier stated plebiscite in Kashmir.Recommend

  • Abdul Awwal
    Dec 6, 2016 - 11:53AM

    Kashmir is not a commodity for it to be subjected to “deals”. Recommend

  • vaidyanathan
    Dec 6, 2016 - 12:23PM

    Whether USA or India, Kashmir problem can be solved only when Pakistan army taken into confidence. Not with civilian Government of Pakistan.Recommend

  • JKhan
    Dec 6, 2016 - 12:27PM

    American immigrants are really dumb. This is not a business “deal”. It involves territory illegally occupied by a rouge country and has human beings living.Recommend

  • AD
    Dec 6, 2016 - 12:33PM

    Fantastic people are on cloud 9.Trump is friend of Modi like Ghani, so beware fantastic country.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Dec 6, 2016 - 3:34PM

    Trump can do something. From Pakistan i believe on hos way of Successful business model. He is Talented and there is no doubt about it. Idiots dot know but there are always deals on tables on the bigger issues. If trump is successful he will get millions of Prayers.

    Well done Trumo. Great thinking. Recommend

  • G. Din
    Dec 6, 2016 - 6:50PM

    Fools gladly step in where Angels fear to tread. Kashmir is not just a real estate deal.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Dec 6, 2016 - 8:30PM

    @whats in the name:
    He is not worth a dime going by the present state of affairs in the country.Recommend

  • Whats in the Name
    Dec 6, 2016 - 8:48PM

    @Nasir: Yeah Yeah… It is not for nothing he won TIME readers poll for 2016, whether he wins or not he is a LEADER….and in the mean time critics can have a field day….Recommend

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