Trump’s Kashmir Trumpet: India never sought any mediation on Kashmir

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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 the 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.

The MEA said in a statement that PM Modi made no such request. Raveesh Kumar wrote: “We have seen @POTUS’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 @narendramodi to US President. 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 & the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally.”

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.

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. India wants Pakistan to first take action against terrorists operating from its soil.

The relation between the two nations has remained tensed since the terror strike at Uri in 2016 and later the attack by a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist that killed more than 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, captured Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. The Wing Commander was released within 60 hours due to immense global pressure.

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