US President Donald Trump has said he is keen to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. He claims that Narendra Modi requested him to mediate two weeks ago. But the Indian Foreign Ministry dismissed Trump’s claim, saying that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not make such a request to the US President. If we discuss this, it will happen at a bilateral level.”
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is currently in the US on a three-day visit. On this tour, he is accompanied by army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, ISI chief Fayyaz Hamid and foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Trump had his first meeting with Pakistani President Imran Khan at the White House on Monday. Trump sat down next to Imran in the Oval Office and started the discussion about mediating Kashmir issue. At first, Imran said discussion should be started with India. After this Trump added that, he had a conversation with Modi two weeks ago.
He wants to know “whether I am willing to mediate. I asked him, about what issue? He replied that to solve the Kashmir problem. Because the dispute has been going on for a long time. I told him that I would be happy if I could mediate.” After hearing this Imran khan became happy. Imran said, “If it happens, the blessings of the 100 crore people will be with you.”
The Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that they had heard the statement of the US president. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has never made such a request to Trump. All issues will be discussed at the bilateral level between India and Pakistan and it has been said consistently. It is said in the statement, in order to start the discussion with Pakistan, in the border terrorism should be controlled at first.
Meanwhile, former Jammu-Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed Trump’s proposal, saying, “This could lead to peace in the subcontinent.” But in a tweeter post, Congress’s Shashi Tharoor said, “I think Trump didn’t understand what Modi said or the US diplomats could not explain it properly.”