Islamabad welcomes US mediation offer on Kashmir issue
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Office has welcomed mediation offer of the newly-elected US administration for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
Nafees Zakaria, spokesman for the Foreign Office, on Tuesday said that only the implementation of UN resolutions is the solution to the crisis in Kashmir valley.
Zakaria added if the US plays the role of a mediator, there are bright chances of positive developments on the issue.
He went on to say that resolution of Kashmir dispute is inevitable for the lasting peace in the region.
Speaking in NBC’s “Meet the Press” show, US Vice President-elect Mike Pence has opined that President-elect Donald Trump, with his unparalleled negotiating skills, is prepared to play a pivotal role in the Kashmir issue.
Pence noted that the rising tensions between India and Pakistan in recent times have exacerbated the Kashmir conflict, causing the thread between the two countries to become tense enough to break.
“Well, clearly there’s been great tension between India and Pakistan in recent days, which resulted in violence along the Kashmir region. And I think what the president-elect expressed in conversations with leaders from both countries was a desire for continued US engagement on building the relationship with both of those countries,” Pence said.
“These are two nuclear powers, the president-elect recognises that. And making sure that they 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.”
Asked if Trump would be a mediator over Kashmir, Pence said: “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.”