Washington | It doesn’t seem that the ‘we do not need help with Kashmir’ memo has quite reached US President Donald Trump. Reiterating his offer, Donald Trump has yet again proposed to step in between India and Pakistan to mediate in the Kashmir issue.
Talking to reporters, Trump said, “Both Pakistan Prime Minister Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are fantastic people. I can imagine they can get along very well. If they wanted me to, I will certainly intervene.”
The last time Donald Trump had suggested such a thing, it got massive criticism from India, with the Opposition parties calling on PM Modi to clarify the situation himself.
Ministry of External Affairs was forced to repeatedly remind everyone that PM Modi has asked for no such thing.
In a meeting with Pakistan PM Imran Khan on July 23, Donald Trump had asserted that PM Modi had asked him to intervene in the Kashmir issue, and he would be up for the task if they requested.
A reporter in the White House asked him the same. It looks like President Donald Trump has no update on his offer rejection as he said, “Have they accepted the offer or not?”. When told they had not, he said, “Well it’s really up to Prime Minister Modi.”
MEA Jaishankar has taken to Twitter to clear the confusion again. “Have conveyed to American counterpart Mike Pompeo this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally”.