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Islamabad: US President-elect Donald Trump has told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he is willing to play any role that Pakistan wants for addressing and finding solutions to the country's outstanding problems. Trump made the remarks when Sharif called him last night to congratulate him as the two leaders discussed various issues.

Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Reuters

Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Reuters

"I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems. It will be an honour and I will personally do it. Feel free to call me any time even before 20th January, that is before I assume my office," Trump told Sharif, according to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office here. Trump also told Prime Minister Sharif that he has a "very good reputation", the statement said.

"You (Sharif) are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way. I am looking forward to see you soon. As I am talking to you Prime Minister, I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long," Trump was quoted as telling Sharif. Trump said Pakistan is an "amazing" country with "tremendous opportunities", the statement said.

"Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people," the President-elect said. Sharif also invited Trump to visit Pakistan.

In his reply, Trump said, "he would love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people." "Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people," said Trump.

However, according to a Hindustan Times report, a Trump transition official called Pakistan's version of events as "inappropriate", and allegedly drew attention to a much more 'bland' and 'undramatic' account of the same conversation. So, who's fibbing? We may never know.

Or we may know even before you reach the end of this piece, thanks to a few signature Trump tweets.

Who knows?

Here's the full statement put up by the Pakistan Press Information Department:

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called President-elect USA Donald Trump and felicitated him on his victory. President Trump said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif you have a very good reputation. You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way. I am looking forward to see you soon. As I am talking to you Prime Minister, I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long. Your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities. Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems. It will be an honor and I will personally do it. Feel free to call me any time even before 20th January that is before I assume my office. On being invited to visit Pakistan by the Prime Minister, Mr. Trump said that he would love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people. Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people, said Mr. Donald Trump.

First Published On : Dec 1, 2016 14:44 IST

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