War with Iran will be disastrous: Imran Khan to Donald Trump

India Today – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that he has told US President Donald Trump that a war with Iran would have disastrous consequences.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that he has told US President Donald Trump that a war with Iran would have disastrous consequences.

Asked whether Donald Trump agreed with him, Imran Khan said the US President did not say anything but he probably understood what he meant.

“Afghanistan is yet to be resolved and Iran would be much bigger (if war starts),” Imran Khan said.

Imran Khan met Donald Trump on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) summit in Davos on Tuesday.

Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated in the wake of the killing of powerful Iranian commander General Qasem Soleimani by America on January 3.

“If there is conflict between Iran and the Western world it will be a disaster – it will cause poverty in the world – and who knows how long it may go on. In my opinion it would be insanity,” Imran Khan said.

“I spoke to President Trump yesterday and I told him it would be a disaster,” Imran Khan said.

Imran Khan also said that he does not understand why countries try to resolve their differences through military conflicts.

“The moment you start a military conflict, you don’t know where it will finish. It has unintended consequences,” Imran Khan said.

After meeting Imran Khan, Donald Trump on Tuesday had said the US is watching the developments between India and Pakistan over Kashmir “very closely” and repeated his offer to “help” resolve the longstanding dispute between the two neighbours.

Donald Trump told Imran Khan, whom he referred to as “my friend”, that he would speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the ongoing Kashmir issue.

Donald Trump is expected to visit India in the coming weeks, marking his first visit after assuming office.

“What’s going on between Pakistan and India if we can help, we certainly will be willing to. We have been watching it very closely and it’s an honour to be here with my friend,” Donald Trump had said.

“The Pakistan-India conflict is a very big issue for us in Pakistan and we expect the US to always play its part in deescalating the tensions, because no other country can,” Imran Khan had said.

Donald Trump has repeatedly offered to mediate following India’s August 5 decision to revoke the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan which has been trying to internationalise the issue.

However, New Delhi has told Washington that it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan and there is no scope for any third-party mediation.