US President Donald Trump today jumped into Kashmir issue offering to mediate and claimed that both Pakistan and Indian Prime Ministers had requested him triggering a diplomatic storm./
Pakistan quickly agreed to it but India firmly denied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever made it any such request to the US President.
But Donald Trump’s press briefing following the meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister baffled Ministry of External Affairs.
“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.
But MEA quickly rebutted it. In a series of tweets, the foreign ministry said “no such request has been made” by the Prime Minister. Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar posted:
Hours after Trump’s remark, the US State Department on Monday said that the matter is a bilateral issue concerning Islamabad and New Delhi, however, Washington is “ready to assist”.
“While Kashmir is a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss, the Trump administration welcomes Pakistan and India sitting down and the United States stands ready to assist,” a State Department spokesperson told PTI in response to a question if Trump’s remarks reflect a change in the country’s policy on Kashmir.