Kashmir is bilateral issue between India-Pakistan: Trump

Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump has said the issue of Kashmir is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan but he would be happy to mediate if they want him to do so. Last week, Trump had made a stunning claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to mediate on the vexed issue during their meeting in Japan, evoking a sharp reaction from India which denied Modi making any such request.

“It’s really up to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi (to accept the offer of mediation),” Trump told reporters responding to a question on India not accepting his offer of mediation on Kashmir. “Have they accepted the offer or not?”, Trump sought a clarification when asked about India’s rejection of his mediation offer.

When asked how would he “want to resolve the Kashmir issue”, Trump said, “If I can, if they wanted me to, I would certainly intervene.” Last week, in his joint media appearance with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in his Oval Office, Trump stunned India by saying that Modi sought his mediation/arbitration on the Kashmir issue.

Trump said during their bilateral meeting in Japan in June on the sideline of the G-20 Summit Prime Minister Modi had asked him to mediate on the vexed issue.