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Trump Claims Modi Asked Him To ‘Mediate’ On Kashmir, India Rejects The Claim

Washington: The United States President Donald Trump in his presser with the Pakistani Prime Minister claimed that PM Modi had asked for his help on the Kashmir issue.

The issue in question was allegedly raised on the sidelines of the Osaka summit where PM Modi met Donald Trump. “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 was surprised how long it has been going on,” President Trump added.

“I think they would like to see it resolved, I think you would like to see it resolved. If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” Trump added.

Imran Khan seated next to the Prime Minister appreciated his counterpart`s gesture towards the Kashmir issue and said that more than a billion people would be relieved if there is progress on Kashmir.

Indian Rejection

India, on the other hand, outrightly denied President Trump`s claim on the Kashmir issue, foreign minister Raveesh Kumar in a late-night twitter thread said.

 

It is pertained to mention here that the United States has always maintained that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and every other US President has always called on both nuclear nations to resolve the issue.

The Indian media including defense experts, journalists, policymakers, diplomats and others quickly reacted to President Trump`s statement and were adamant towards the ‘bilateral’ angle on Kashmir.

Although many did ask for a clarification of whether PM Modi asked the President for his help.

“Very awkward situation for the Indian Govt. Either admit the PM asked for third party mediation on Kashmir or call Donald Trump a liar. Don’t envy the diplomats,” said Executive Editor NDTV, Nidhi Rizwan in a tweet.

While others reiterated the Indian stance and confirmed that despite President Trump`s statement, no progress shall be made unless India accepts third party mediation on the issue.

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