- On July 22, Donald Trump claimed that Modi had appealed to him to become an arbitrator on the Kashmir issue.
- India denied arbitration, denying Trump’s statement
- Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar had said that Kashmir issue will be resolved only by bilateral talks
Washington. US President Donald Trump again made a statement about mediation on Kashmir issue 10 days later. Trump said that the decision to arbitrate is in the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. If Indo-Pak wants, I will definitely intervene on this issue. Meanwhile, India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met US counterpart Mike Pompeo during the ASEAN Summit in Bangkok. Jaishankar tweeted that he has clearly told Pompeo that any discussion on Kashmir will only be with Pakistan and that too in a bilateral manner.
Earlier, on July 22, at a shared press conference in Washington with Imran, Trump said that Modi had asked me to mediate on the Kashmir issue. At that time, India rejected Trump’s claim. Even then, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had said in Parliament that the Kashmir issue would be resolved only through discussions with Pakistan.
Modi and Imran can work together
On Thursday, when Trump was asked about India’s refusal on Kashmir mediation, he said that I recently met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. We had a nice chat. I think they (Modi and Imran) are excellent people. I think both will work well together. When asked if he would like to resolve the Kashmir issue, Trump said, “If Indo-Pak wants to, I will definitely intervene on this issue.”
Trump had claimed before Imran that Trump had said during a shared press conference with Imran Khan on July 22 that Modi was with him two weeks ago and offered to mediate on the Kashmir case. Reacting to this, Imran had said that if you could get this done, then billions of people would bless you.
The Ministry of External Affairs was concerned about mediation after an hour
The Indian Foreign Ministry denied Trump’s claim only about an hour after the shared press conference. The ministry issued a statement saying that no such thing happened to Modi and Trump. India stands by its decision. All issues with Pakistan will be resolved through bilateral negotiations.
Trump MPs have described the statement as shameful. Democrat MP Brad Sherman of the US opposition Democrats party has described Trump’s statement as shameful. He tweeted, “I just apologized to Indian Ambassador Harsh Shringla for Trump’s naive statement. Anyone who knows a little bit about South Asia’s foreign policy knows that India does not want third-party intervention on the Kashmir issue. “Former US State Department diplomat Alyssa Aires said that Trump would meet with Imran Went unprepared. This is what his thoughtless statements show.