India denies Trump’s claim for mediation on Kashmir dispute
New Delhi: India has denied United States President Donald Trump’s claims that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate the Kashmir conflict with Pakistan.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Raveesh Kumar, in a series of tweet, said, PM Modi did not ask US President to mediate on Kashmir.
“We have seen President Trump’s remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India and Pakistan, on the Kashmir issue. No such request has been made by Prime Minister Modi to the US President,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in alter night tweet on Monday.
“It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally,” he added.
India’s response came in reaction to the US President’s claim that India had sought his help in resolving Kashmir issue with Pakistan.
Speaking to press after a meeting with Pakistan PM Imran Khan in White House in Washington DC, Trump offered to be the “mediator” between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.
“If I can help, I would love to be a mediator. If I can do anything to help, let me know,” Trump said in response to a question during his meeting with Prime Minister Khan in the Oval Office.
While Islamabad has long sought US mediation on Kashmir and has repeatedly raised the dispute at an international forum, India has opposed any third-party mediation saying the dispute can be resolved with Pakistan bilaterally.