Indian Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar rules out mediation over Kashmir and repeats the talks are only with the other party in the conflict – Pakistan….reports Asian Lite News
India told the US that any discussion on Kashmir would “only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally”.
Dr Jaishankar tweeted on Friday that he had conveyed this to his US counterpart Mike Pompeo at their meeting in Bangkok.
“Have conveyed to American counterpart @SecPompeo this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally,” Mr Jaishankar wrote. The two met on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok.
Mr Trump said that “it is up to Prime Minister Modi” to accept his offer to intervene in the Kashmir issue — without referring to his earlier claim that Modi had requested him to “mediate” in the matter — something India has outright denied.
To a query by a reporter in the White House if he thinks Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, Trump, ignoring the question, said: “Have they accepted the offer or not (to mediate). Well, it is really up to Prime Minister Modi.”
“I met with Prime Minister Khan. I think they are fantastic people — Khan and Modi. I would imagine they can get along really well. But if they wanted somebody to intervene, or to help them; And I spoke with Pakistan about that, and I spoke frankly to India about that. But that been going, that battle, for a long time. If I can, if they wanted to, I would certainly help them,” he added.
On July 22, while speaking to reporters along with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump claimed that during his meeting with Modi in Osaka: “We talked about the subject, (and) he actually said, ‘Would you like to mediate, mediate or arbitrate?’ I said, ‘Where,?’ (and he said) ‘Kashmir’.”
India has denied that Modi made such a request to Trump.
Later the US State Department issued a statement conforming to its earlier stand that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, and added that the US stands ready to help .
On Thursday, President Trump said it was up to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue but he was ready to assist.