The US President Donald Trump’s claim has been denied by the external affairs ministry of India in which he said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him for help on the issue of Kashmir. India said that Pakistan can only have a bilateral dialogue with Kashmir. India’s stand on Kashmir is as intact as before and the third party will not be allowed to interfere.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said, ” We have seen Donald Trump’s remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India & Pakistan, on Kashmir issue. No such request has been made by PM Narendra Modi to US President. It has been India’s consistent position.”
…that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism. The Shimla Agreement & the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally.2/2— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 22, 2019
After the Trump’s remarks and India’s denial of that remarks, US leaders are now saying sorry to India for the Trump’s remarks on Kashmir. Brad Sherman, US Congressman said, “Everyone knows PM Modi would never suggest such a thing. Trump’s statement is amateurish and delusional and embarrassing.”
Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that #India consistently opposes third-party mediation re #Kashmir. Everyone knows PM Modi would never suggest such a thing. Trump’s statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing. 1/2— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) July 22, 2019
He further said, “I just apologized to Indian Ambassador Harsh Shringla for Trump’s amateurish and embarrassing mistake.”
Now US administration have also taken U-turn and says ‘Kashmir is a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss’.
US House foreign Affairs Committee also said, “The dialogue’s pace & scope can only be determined by India & Pakistan”
Chairman @RepEliotEngel reaffirmed that in order for dialogue to be meaningful, Pakistan must first take concrete and irreversible steps to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure on Pakistan’s soil.https://t.co/H5z3skffTA— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) July 22, 2019
US President Trump had offered to mediate kashmir dispute between India & Pakistan. This was said by US president Trump during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.