External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday said that no request was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to US President Donald Trump regarding any mediation in Kashmir.
“I would like to categorically assure the House that no such request has been made by PM Modi,” S Jaishankar said in Rajya Sabha, according to a report by the News Agency ANI.
The minister added that it has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. “The Shimla Agreement & the Lahore declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally,” the minister said. Earlier on Monday, President Donald Trump's statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked him to mediate on Kashmir dispute with Pakistan had triggered a row in India. Trump made a statement on Monday during his first meeting with visiting Prime Minister Imran Khan offered to help resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan.
Trump said that PM Modi had made a similar request when they met a few weeks ago — a claim that was rejected by India. “If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” Trump said, following up on Khan’s request during a joint appearance in the White House that he would like the United States to help resolve the Kashmir issue.
The US, however, on Tuesday backtracked saying it would assist in India-Pakistan talks if both sides wanted and that Kashmir was a ‘bilateral issue’.