Trump hopes to see better US-Pakistan relations in future: Envoy

Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) US President-elect Donald Trump has expressed hope for improved relations between Washington and Islamabad, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jillani said on Friday.

According to Radio Pakistan, Jillani said in an interview that Trump expressed these views during a brief conversation with him at a dinner he hosted for foreign ambassadors. The envoy added that the US President ‘pleasantly’ referred to the telephonic conversation he had with PM Nawaz Sharif, and expressed good wishes for the country.

PM Sharif told Sputnik news agency that US and Pakistan have good bilateral ties and he was looking forward to meeting Trump.

“I’ll make a phone call to congratulate Trump on his inauguration. Hopefully we will be meeting. Pakistan always had good relationship with the US, it dates back to 60-70 years. We want to maintain that good relationship and even strengthen it,” Sharif said.