Any discussion on Kashmir will only be with Pakistan : India on Trump's mediation offer

After US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, India has told the US in clear terms that any discussion on the Kashmir issue can only happen bilaterally between India and Pakistan.

“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,” Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tweeted today.

US President Donald Trump yesterday said it was up to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute but he was ready to assist if the two South Asian neighbours wanted him to help in resolving the decades-old issue.

Trump was referring to his last week’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, wherein he offered to help resolve the Kashmir issue.

“It’s really up to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi (to accept the offer of mediation),” Trump told reporters responding to a question on India not accepting his offer of mediation on Kashmir.

“Have they accepted the offer or not?”, Trump sought a clarification when asked about India’s rejection of his mediation offer.

“I think they are fantastic people – Khan and Modi – I mean. I would imagine they could get along very well, but if they wanted somebody to intervene, to help them…. and I spoke with Pakistan about that and I spoke frankly in (sic) India about it,” Trump said.

PTI