PM Modi can handle it, says Trump on terrorism from Pak

PM Modi can handle it, says Trump on terrorism from Pak

Agency News

To a question about the terrorism from Pak, US President Donald Trump said that he was sure PM Modi would be able to handle the situation. Trump’s answer was to the media query about the Indian army chief's statement about terror camps being reactivated in Pakistan and 500 terrorists waiting to infiltrate into India.

Donald Trump made the statement while addressing a joint press conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of UN Conference on Tuesday.

US President Donald emphasized the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan. Emphasising the need of a bilateral meeting, President Trump said: "I believe these two great gentlemen (PM Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan) will get together and work something". But, President Trump has not reiterated his offer for mediation, which he raised on Tuesday while meeting Pak President Imran Khan.

Asked about what his message would be to Islamabad in view of the reports on Imran Khan's admission about terrorists operating from Pakistani soil and the Indian army chief's comments about terrorists standing ready to infiltrate into India, President Trump said: "The message (to Pakistan) is not for me to give, it is for Prime Minister Modi to give. And he gave that loud and clear the other day. Very loud message and I am sure he will be able to handle that situation".

Stressing on the need for a dialogue, President Trump said, "I really believe Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Khan will get along when they get to know each other. I think a lot of good things will come from that meeting".

The foreign ministry later said PM Modi and President Trump had focussed at length on terror during their 40-minute bilateral meeting. PM Modi had "explained in detail the challenges we have faced, especially terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir", foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said. The Prime Minister told him that "42,000 lives have been lost... told him it is incumbent on the world to fight this scourge," he said."The Prime Minister also said we have never shied away from talking to Pakistan," he added.

President Trump has agreed that the two countries must fight terror together, the foreign ministry said.