Kashmir will always remain a bilateral issue: Jaishankar on Trump’s mediation offer

US President Donald Trump has again expressed his willingness to act as a mediator between Pakistan and India on the Kashmir dispute.

“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.  But that’s been going on, that battle, for a long time,” said the President while answering a reporter’s question at the White House.

However, India has rejected Trump’s offer and ruled out the intervention of any third-party on the issue while Pakistan has welcomed it.

“Have conveyed to American counterpart @SecPompeo this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.

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Jaishankar’s comments came after Trump’s mediation offer for a second time over the Kashmir dispute.

“It’s really up to Prime Minister Modi,” Trump responded to a reporter after India declining of his offer of mediation on Kashmir.

Earlier, India also denied that PM Modi ever asked Trump’s help in solving the issue. India has maintained Kashmir has always been a bilateral dispute and there is no scope of third party intervention in this issue.

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