【Dhaka】Kashmir issue has once again stirred the politics involving this time , beyond two neighbours – India and Pakistan, the major global power United States of America.
US President Donald Trump on July 22 expressed his willingness to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve the 70-year-old Kashmir dispute if both the atomic power countries asked him for it. Trump had claimed that Prime Minister Modi asked him to mediate on Kashmir when they met in Osaka, Japan on the sidelines of the G20 Summit last month.
While addressing a joint news conference with the US president at the White House Oval Office on July 22, Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the offer and said the entire Subcontinent would pray for him if he helped resolve the dispute.
○Modi said would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?
"If I can help, I would love to be a mediator. If I can do anything to help, let me know," said Mr Trump when a Pakistani journalist asked him if he would like to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir. "I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject (Kashmir). And he actually said would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator? I said, where? (Modi said) Kashmir," Mr Trump explained.
"Because this has been going on for many, many years. I am surprised that how long. It has been going on [for long]," he said, as PM Khan reminded him that the dispute has been going on for 70 years.
"And I think they (Indians) would like to see it resolved. I think you (PM Khan) would like to see it resolved. And if I can help, I would love to be a mediator," said President Trump while reiterating his offer to mediate. "It should be. I mean it's impossible …… we have two incredible countries that are very, very smart with very smart leadership, can't solve a problem like that. But if you would want me to mediate or arbitrate, I would be willing to do that," Mr Trump said.
The prime minister welcomed his remarks, saying: "Right now, you would have the prayers of over a billion people if you can mediate (on Kashmir)." Mr Trump added: "So all those issues should be resolved. So, he (Modi) has asked me the same thing. So maybe we'll speak to him. Or I'll speak to him and we'll see if we can do something."
○Indian Ministry of External Affairs denies immediately
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs immediately issued a statement denying the US president's claim that PM Narendara Modi had requested him to mediate on the Kashmir dispute.
"We have seen @POTUS'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 @narendramodi 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," said Raveesh Kumar, the official spokesperson.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in the Rajya Sabha that all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan can be discussed only bilaterally, thereby ruling out any third party mediation.
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