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Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office to become the 45th president of the United States on Friday, 20th January 2017

The US President-elect Donald Trump will take oath of his office in Washington today as the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump won the general election on November 8, last year against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump has said that his foreign policy views have been informed by his overseas business experience and meetings with world leaders. He has described himself as “not isolationist, but I am America first,” and has said that he would renegotiate traditional American alliances like NATO if allies were not willing to increase their share of the military or financial burden.

Analysts live on Phone: 

Nafees Zakaria (Spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs):

First of all, I would like to congratulate Donald Trump as he is going to take oath as new President of US. Pakistan is willing to work together with new United States administration . We have a lot of conversions over Pakistan’s and United States priorities in the region. When new U.S administration will take charge, we will focus on to improve our bilateral relations with United States. It will be too early to say about our relations with new American government. India has involved itself into arm race that will destabilize the balance of power in the region.

Fauzia Nasreen (Former Ambassador):

Barak Obama remained President of United States for 8 years and now Republican nominee Donald Trump is going to take oath as American President. Initial days of his Presidency are vital as we are not sure about his foreign policies. We also have to wait for Trump’s policies for China as well. Pakistan should have to focus on strengthening its relations with United States in future. United States has already acknowledged Pakistan’s role for regional peace. Donald Trump has to face a big challenge how to tackle U.S relations with Russia.

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal (IR Expert):

Donald Trump will continue with Barak Obama’s policies in initial few years. Pakistan should effectively active its foreign policies and focus on active its lobby in United States as well. We are not yet sure about Trump’s policies. Trump will follow Obama’s policies over Palestine and we should expect any change in it. Donald Trump should have to follow the state institution’s direction.

Dr. Azhar Ahmed (Defence Analyst):

We pray to Allah Almighty to create a situation that could support to resolve Kashmir dispute. We have not too much expectation from Donald Trump that he will mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve this core issue. Donald Trump after taking an oath as President will address the nation and will talk about internal issues. He may also discuss his policies for Middle East countries and Russia as well. He can also talk about the people who have been criticizing him.

Host: Dr. Sajjad Bukhari


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