U.S. president-elect Donald Trump offered to help solve Pakistan’s issues and praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a “super guy” in the first call between the two guys, the Pakistani leader’s office said.
Historical allies in the region, Islamabad and Washington have seen relations nasty in recent years over U.S. accusations that Pakistan shelters Islamist militants, a charge denied by the South Asian nation.
Sharif’s office said the Pakistani premier phoned Trump to congratulate him on his success and issued a read out from the call. Trump’s team confirmed the two men discussed and issued a brief statement.
You are a terrific man. You are doing amazing work that's observable in every manner,” said the statement issued by Sharif’s office.
“I 'm prepared and prepared to play any part which you need me to play to address and find answers to the great difficulties. It'll be an honour, and I will personally do it.”
Trump offered to solve was not elaborated on the kind of difficulties by the prime minister’s office. Why precisely Trump was impressed with Sharif, the statement also didn't clarify.
Pakistan’s sputtering economy has rebounded since Sharif was elected in 2013 and security has vastly enhanced amid greater attempts by the military to undertake militants including the Pakistani Taliban.
But as Islamist groups continue to stage mass strikes, security remains a dilemma, and Islamic State radicals have sought to get a foothold inside Pakistan, claiming responsibility for several high-profile strikes. The market is also confronting acute challenges, including energy deficits.
Trump’s office said the two leaders had about how Pakistan and the Us are going to have a strong working relationship in the future” a “productive conversation.
“President elect Trump additionally noted that he's looking forward to some continuing and strong personal relationship with Prime Minister Sharif,” the statement added.
Detailing the dialogue, Sharif’s office added that Trump told the Pakistani prime minister to feel free to call him any time before he assumes office on January 20.
As I am speaking to you Prime Minister, I feel I'm talking to your man I have known for long,” the statement added, paraphrasing Trump’s remarks.
Sharif’s office often releases read outs of his dialogues with foreign heads of state however they are seldom so full of compliments for the Pakistani prime minister, particularly during calls with Western leaders.
Sharif encouraged Trump to visit Pakistan, based on the statement, and the incoming U.S. leader agreed.
“Mr Trump said that he would love to come to an excellent country, fantastic location of amazing folks. Please convey to the Pakistani people that they're amazing and all Pakistanis I've understood are folks that were exceptional,” said the statement.
Few details are known about Trump’s planned policy for South Asia but the warm words between the leaders suggests ties could possibly be reset under Trump’s presidency and certainly will ease anxieties in Islamabad that Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric in the run up to the poll WOn't lead to unfriendly policies towards Pakistan.
At one point Trump proposed prohibiting Muslims from the entering remarks that alarmed the mostly Muslim nation of 190 million individuals, the USA.
Islamabad has additionally been concerned about warmer ties between the United States and India, fearful that Washington is pivoting at a time of heightened tensions between the nuclear armed neighbours towards New Delhi who have fought three wars since their independence.
Trump also has business ties with India, which has stoked concerns in Pakistan that under his presidency the USA may accelerate its shift towards New Delhi.
Relations hit new lows in May when a U.S. drone killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban movement, on Pakistani land