WASHINGTON. “The leading US newspaper, the Washington Post, in a report said that Vice-President elect Mike Pence thinks the incoming President Donald Trump has the right touch to break the impasse on Kashmir, one of the tenacious dispute between Pakistan and India.
In an interview with NBC News, “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Vice President Pence recognized that there has been great tension between India and Pakistan in recent days, which has resulted in violence along the disputed Kashmir region.
Pence said that in his conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Indian Prime Minister, Mr.
Trump expressed a desire for continued US engagement on building the relationship with both of the nuclear powers. Mr. Pence was replying to a question by the anchor Chuck Todd if the President-elect offered to mediate disputes between the two countries.
Commenting on the interview by Mr. Pence, the report said that the Vice President-Pence suggested that Kashmir is among the spots where Trump can deploy his “extraordinary deal-making skills to bear on lessening tensions and solving problems in the world”.
The report noted that Mr. Trump has already made ripples in both the countries, and surprised many in India when he praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his telephonic conversation with him.
Mr. Trump has also hinted at playing a role in bringing peace to the volatile South Asian region during his 15-month long presidential campaign.
Mr. Pence had said in the interview that the President-elect recognized that both Pakistan and India were nuclear powers “and making sure that , 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”.
The Washington Post report noted that Kashmir has been ravaged by violence since July 8, when Indian security forces killed Burhan Wani, a young freedom fighter. More than 70 people have been killed in the violence.