Donald Trump offer on Kashmir mediation not on table anymore: Indian envoy

Washington | Indian Ambassador to the US has issued clarifications, and said that US President Donald Trump has withdrawn the offer.

“President Trump has made it very clear that his offer to mediate on Jammu and Kashmir is dependent on both India and Pakistan accepting it. Since India has not accepted the offer of mediation, he has made it clear that this is not on the table anymore,” Shringla told Fox News, as reported by PTI.

Shringla said that it had been an old policy of the US to avoid mediation in Kashmir, but Trump encouraged to see issues resolved.

Shringla said that America’s policy on Kashmir has been no mediation but to encourage the two South Asian neighbours to resolve their differences bilaterally including on Kashmir, the pace and scope of which would be chosen by New Delhi and Islamabad.

“That has been the United States longstanding policy,” he said in response to a question referring to America’s decades-old policy.

He said that any issue of resolving India-Pakistan relations will only be bilateral.

Last month, US President Donald Trump met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan when he revealed that Indian PM Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate in the Kashmir issue between the two countries.

India rejected the claims, the MEA declared an official statement that PM Modi had asked for no such thing.

A week later, Trump said it was up to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue but he was ready to assist if any help was needed.

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