United States President Donald Trump on Thursday reiterated his much controversial offer to mediate in the Kashmir Issue. He said he is willing to help India and Pakistan to resolve the decades-old Kashmir dispute “if they wanted”.
He also reasserted that he had a discussion with India on this regard, which the Indian External Affairs Ministry had refuted.
Trump was responding to questions about his offer last month to mediate in Kashmir.
After a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington on July 22, Trump claimed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had requested him to mediate in the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.
However, India dismissed these claims and rejected his offer, even as Pakistan welcomed it. Trump was also asked by a reporter about India’s rejection, Trump acted unaware.
The president asked: “Have they accepted the offer or not?”
The reporter answered in the negative, to which Trump said: “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.”
“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 it,” he added. “But that’s been going on, that battle, for a long time.”
When asked how he wanted to resolve the dispute, Trump said: “If I can – if they wanted me to, I would certainly intervene. Yeah.”