This is a new chapter in Pakistan-US relations: FM

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi hailed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meeting with President Donald Trump, calling it a new chapter in Pakistan-US ties.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday morning, FM Qureshi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had an exceptional meeting with Pres Trump.

“Not only did President Trump acknowledge Pak’s crucial role in Afg peace process but also offered to facilitate talks b/w Pakistan & India on the Kashmir dispute,” he wrote. 

His tweet came hours after Donald Trump told PM Khan that he had been asked to mediate to the decades-long Kashmir conflict by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and would be happy to help, but his claim was swiftly denied by New Delhi.

Trump was hosting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on Monday, who was asked by a reporter whether the US could play a role in resolving the dispute, and replied: “Only the most powerful state headed by President Trump can bring the two countries together.”

Trump responded: “So I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject and he actually said, ‘Would you like to be a mediator, or arbitrator?’

“I said ‘where?’ He said: ‘Kashmir, because this has been going on for many, many years.’”

“I was surprised at how long it’s been going on, I think they would like to see it resolved and I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” said Trump, who prides himself on being a dealmaker.