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India looks forward to Trump helping Pakistan address ‘outstanding issues’

NEW DELHI: India said it was looking forward to US President-elect Donald Trump addressing what it referred to as Pakistan’s ‘most outstanding of outstanding problems’.

A comment from the Indian government came after Pakistan said late on Wednesday Trump had offered to side with Pakistan in its unsolved issues.

Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “We look forward to the President-elect helping Pakistan address the most outstanding of its outstanding issues – terrorism.”

US president-elect Donald Trump during a telephonic chat with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had offered to help solve Pakistan’s problems.

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The text of their conversation released by Pakistan’s Press Information Department (PID) showed Trump also praised Nawaz and expressed his desire to meet him very soon.

PM’s office revealed late on Wednesday that the premier called Trump to congratulate him on his victory and issued a read-out of the call.

“President Trump said, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif you have a very good reputation. You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way,” said the statement issued by Sharif’s office.

“I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems. It will be an honour and I will personally do it.”

The prime minister’s office did not elaborate on the kind of problems Trump offered to solve.

Trump’s team also later confirmed the two men talked and issued a brief statement that the two leaders had a “productive conversation about how the United States and Pakistan will have a strong working relationship in the future”.

“President-elect Trump also noted that he is looking forward to a lasting and strong personal relationship with Prime Minister Sharif,” the statement added.



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