PM Modi Did Not Ask Trump To Mediate On Kashmir: India Counters Donald Trump

PM Modi Did Not Ask Trump To Mediate On Kashmir: India Counters Donald Trump

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump today told Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan that he was ready to "mediate" on Kashmir and has received a request to do so from Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their recent meeting. President Trump, who hosted the Pakistan Prime Minister at the White House today, also said if asked, the US can help with India, Pakistan relations.

"I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject and he actually said 'Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator', I said 'Where', He said 'Kashmir'. Because this has been going on for many, many years... I think they would like to see it resolved and you (Imran Khan) would like to see it resolved. If I can help, I would love to be a mediator," President Trump said at the joint press briefing with Imran Khan.  

The "prayers of over a billion people will be with you if you can mediate and resolve the situation," Imran Khan responded.

President Trump and PM Modi had met last month on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was also at the summit, though there was no bilateral meet between him and PM Modi.

India has been against third-party mediation in Kashmir, though it has been repeatedly sought by Pakistan in various international forums, including the United Nations.

 MEA  Raveesh Kumar took to twitter to reply US President Donald Trump's remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate if requested by India & Pakistan, on Kashmir issue. No such request has been made by PM Narendra Modi to US President. It has been India's consistent position

"No request has been made by PM Modi to US President to mediate on Kashmir," says Foreign Ministry pic.twitter.com/ATGOsylZxE

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The US had upheld India's stance, maintaining that Kashmir is a bilateral issue and should be solved between New Delhi and Islamabad.


India has also refused to initiate dialogue with Pakistan despite repeated appeals from Imran Khan, maintaining that Pakistan must first take action against terrorists operating from its soil.

The relation between the two nations has nosedived since the terror strike at Uri in 2016 -- took a nosedive after a suicide attack by a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist that killed 40 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on February 14.

Days later, India conducted air-strikes on a Jaish camp in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26. The Pakistan Air Force struck back, targeting civilian and military installations in India and captured Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah were quick to react today. His tweet read: "Is Govt of India going to call @realDonaldTrump a liar or has there been an undeclared shift in India's position on third party involvement in #Kashmir?"

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