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Pakistan Says Trump Offers To Help, Calls Sharif 'Terrific Guy'

The office of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (left) said the Pakistani leader called Trump to congratulate him on his election victory.

Pakistan says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has offered to help the country and praised its prime minister as a "terrific guy" in the first call between the two men.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's office said late on November 30 that the Pakistani leader called Trump to congratulate him on his election victory.

"You have a very good reputation," a press release quoted Trump as telling Sharif. "You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way."

Trump was quoted as saying he was ready to "play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems."

Trump also responded to an invitation to visit Pakistan by saying he would "love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people," the statement said.

It did not elaborate on the problems Trump offered to solve and the reasons why he was impressed with Sharif.

Trump's team released its own readout of the conversation, saying the two men had a "productive conversation about how the United States and Pakistan will have a strong working relationship in the future."

Trump also said he was "looking forward to a lasting and strong personal relationship" with Sharif, it said.

Pakistan relies heavily on U.S. aid.

However, relations between the two allies have soured in recent years over U.S. accusations that Pakistan shelters Islamist militants, a charge denied by Islamabad.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP