US President Donald Trump has once against offered to mediate the Kashmir issue, long a flashpoint between India and Pakistan. Trump said he would raise the matter over the weekend with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who the US has urged to act to ease tensions in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have Hindus and you have the Muslims and I wouldn’t say they get along so great,” Trump told reporters. “I will do the best I can to mediate,” he said.
President Trump’s statement comes in the wake of the US calling for to quickly release detainees and restore basic liberties in Indian Occupied Kashmir. “We continue to be very concerned by reports of detentions, and continued restrictions on the residents of the region,” a senior State Department official said.
On 22 July, Trump sprang a surprise when he said that he would like to mediate between India and Pakistan, and that his offer was based on a request from Prime Minister Modi. Trump’s comments came in the presence of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Khan who was on a visit to the US.
Trump’s offer stunned India given Washington’s decades-old policy has been to encourage India and Pakistan to resolve differences bilaterally. New Delhi insisted that Modi had made no such request and that all issues including the Kashmir dispute would be sorted out bilaterally.
Tensions have been high since India revoked autonomous rule in the part of Kashmir it controls on August 5. Indian authorities imposed a communications blackout and heavy restrictions on movement from the eve of the intervention. Trump has spoken in recent days by phone with Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi urging both sides to ease the tensions.
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