Centre To Parliament On Trump's Kashmir Claim, "No Such Request By PM"

Centre To Parliament On Trump

Centre To Parliament On Trump's Kashmir Claim, "No Such Request By PM" 

New Delhi: In the middle of the ongoing chaos created by the stunning claim of US President that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to "mediate" on Kashmir, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar came to Rajya Sabha said he was "categorically assuring the house" that no such request had been made by PM Modi to the American president.

"I would like to put it on record in the House (Rajya Sabha) that no such request (on Kashmir) was made by the prime minister to the president of the United States. All issues with Pakistan has and will remain bilateral between India and Pakistan," the Foreign Minister said in a statement in both houses.

"I would like to reiterate that all engagements with Pakistan will remain only bilateral. I would also like to reiterate that bilateral dialogue is only possible when Pakistan ends cross-border terrorism. The Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration lay the path for any talks on the said issue," he added in the din of protests from the opposition benches.

The opposition parties, who were not appeased by the minister's clarification had aggressively demanded that PM Modi clarify on Trump's comments in parliament and said they would not stop protesting until he did.

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Opposition parties walked out in the Lok Sabha and in the Rajya Sabha, unrelenting protests forced more than one adjournment.

UPA chairperson, Sonia Gandhi reportedly told her party to prioritise the Trump row. "You will see it in the House. We will raise the issue and Congress is raising now also," she told reporters.

"Since this is a very serious allegation, which the head of state of the United States - the President - made about the head of state of India - our prime minister - we would expect the prime minister to come to the House and give a statement himself. We want him to respond," said Congress lawmaker Anand Sharma in the upper house.

However, the US President Donald Trump's claim was rejected by India. Even the US State Department, in apparent damage control, said while Kashmir is a bilateral issue, "the Trump administration welcomes Pakistan and India sitting down and the United States stands ready to assist".

On Monday, with Imran Khan by his side, President Trump said from the Oval Office: "I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about the subject. And he actually said, 'would you like to be a mediator, or arbitrator', and I said 'where?', and he said 'Kashmir', because this has been going on for many, many years. I was surprised for how long it has been going on," to which Imran Khan interjected to say, "70 years".

"I think they would like to see it resolved. I think you would like to see it resolved and if I can help, I would love to be a mediator. It is impossible to believe that two incredible countries that are very, very smart and very smart leadership can't resolve it...but if you want me to mediate or arbitrate, I would be willing to do it," the US President said.

A foreign ministry spokesperson said in tweets: "It has been India's consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism. The Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India and Pakistan bilaterally."

Shashi Tharoor, the Congress parliamentarian said Trump "doesn't know what he is saying" and "it looks like he wasn't briefed properly."

Mr Tharoor added it was "impossible that PM Modi can ask such a thing, our policy has always been against mediation."

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