US President Donald Trump has again offered to mediate between Pakistan and India on the Kashmir dispute.
“If they [Pakistan and India] wanted somebody to intervene or to help them,” Trump said in response to a question from a reporter at the White House about his earlier offer to mediate the Kashmir issue, “I spoke with Pakistan about that, and I spoke, frankly, to India about it. But that’s been going on, that battle, for a long time.”
“Well, that’s up to — it’s really up to Prime Minister Modi. And I met with Prime Minister Khan; I got along great with — I think they’re a fantastic people, Khan and Modi. I mean, I would imagine they can get along very well,” he said.
Earlier, during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s US visit, the United States President Donald Trump vowed that the US ready to play a role as a mediator to solve the long-standing issue of Kashmir and to normalize Pak-India relations, a move that would signal a shift in longstanding US policy that the issue must be solved bilaterally.
“If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” Trump said at the White House, where he was hosting Prime Minister Imran Khan. “If I can do anything to help, let me know.” “Indian PM Modi had also asked me to solve Kashmir issue and I believe the prosperity in the region attached with the peaceful solution of the Kashmir and Afghanistan.
India had rejected the offer making it clear that there can’t be any third-party intervention on the issue. However, Pakistan welcomed it.
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20 September, 2019