US president reiterates mediation offer on Kashmir dispute » Kashmir Media Service

Washington, August 02 (KMS): The US President, Donald Trump, has reiterated his offer for mediation between Pakistan and India to resolve the decades old Kashmir dispute.

President Trump while replying to a question from the press on Kashmir said that he would certainly intervene on Kashmir if India and Pakistan wanted to.

When asked how he wants to resolve the Kashmir, the US President said, “If I can – if they wanted me to, I would certainly intervene.”

He said, “It’s really up to Prime Minister Modi. And I met with Prime Minister Khan; I got along great with – I think they’re a fantastic people, Khan and Modi. I mean, I would imagine they can get along very well. But if they wanted somebody to intervene or to help them – and I spoke with Pakistan about that, and I spoke, frankly, to India about it.”

President Trump had made the same offer some days back when he met Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, at the White House in Washington on July 22.

While Pakistan had welcomed the offer at that time, India was quick to reject it saying the issue has to be resolved bilaterally with Pakistan.

Today again, after President Trump’s statement, India said that any discussion on Kashmir would take place bilaterally and only with Pakistan.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar wrote, “Have conveyed to American counterpart @SecPompeo this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally.”

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