Republican party Pakistani-American Sajid Tarar said Saturday (today) said that he had made possible telephonic contact between US President-elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Tarar, in an interview with US media, said that the Pakistani government reached out to Trump’s transition team through him.
He said that since the election of Trump as US president, he was in constant touch with Pakistani administration officials.
Regarding the Trump-Nawaz telephonic talks, Tarar said that it had become more than necessary the Prime Minister of Pakistan must talk to the president-elect after Indian Prime Minister Modi’s chat with him over the phone.
On November 30, Nawaz Sharif called Trump. During the conversation, Trump said he was ready to play any role that Pakistan wanted him, and find solutions to the outstanding problems.
He said, “Pakistan is an amazing country with tremendous opportunities. Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people.” On being invited to visit Pakistan by the Prime Minister, the US president-elect said he would love to visit the ‘fantastic country of fantastic people’.
Trump’s conversation drew criticism around the world. Questions were raised over his understanding of the region and Nawaz Sharif’s position in Pakistan who is being tried for Panama Leaks case in the Supreme Court.
Later, Trump’s team downplayed the conversation.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, they said that the two leaders “had a productive conversation about how the US and Pakistan will have a strong working relationship in the future” and Trump was “looking forward to a lasting and strong personal relationship with” Sharif, the team said about the conversation.