India rejects US president Trump's renewed mediation offer on Kashmir

  • 18:10 02 August 2019

India rejects US president Trump's renewed mediation offer on Kashmir

Talking to media representatives outside the White House on Thursday, Trump said that it is “really up to Prime Minister Modi” to decide if he wants any outside help, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

New Delhi has again rejected US President Donald Trump’s mediation offer to resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. This is the second time Donald Trump has come out with similar statements and claimed that he had discussed the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“It is really up to Prime Minister Modi. I have also met with Prime Minister Khan. I think they are fantastic people. Khan and Modi, I could imagine, they can get along very well. If they want somebody to intervene or to help them and I spoke with Pakistan about that and I spoke with India about it", President Trump said. “If I can, if they want me to, I will certainly intervene".

​During a visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Washington, the US president had told him that he talked to Indian Prime Minister Modi about it.

"I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago, and we talked about this subject [Kashmir]. And he actually said, 'would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?' I said, 'where' [Modi said] 'Kashmir'", President Trump stated during a joint media conference with Imran Khan.

India had irrevocably refuted President Trump's earlier claim. Indian External Affairs Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar even told Parliament that “no such request has been made by the prime minister to the US president".