WASHINGTON: The President of US Donald Trump has offered to mediate between Pakistan and India on the Kashmir dispute again.
In response to a question from a reporter at the White House about his earlier offer to mediate the Kashmir issue Trump said “If they [Pakistan and India] wanted somebody to intervene or to help them.” He further added that “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.”
The president of US referred to his meeting last week with Prime Minister Imran Khan, where he had offered to help to resolve the Kashmir issue.
The offer was rejected by India making it clear that there can’t be any intervention of the third-party on the issue. However, Pakistan welcomed it.
He added that “Well, that’s up to — it’s really up to Prime Minister Modi. And I met with Prime Minister Khan; I got along great with — I think they’re a fantastic people, Khan and Modi. I mean, I would imagine they can get along very well.”
Trump added, “If I can — if they wanted me to, I would certainly intervene.”
Third-party mediation has often been sought by Pakistan in the decades-old dispute which has cost tens of thousands of lives, but the idea is anathema to India, which insists the issue can only be resolved bilaterally.
A political storm has been set off by Trump in India by claiming during a meeting in Washington PM Imran that he has been asked by Modi to mediate in the Kashmir dispute two weeks ago.
Trump said “I will say that we have a very good relationship with India. I know that your relationship was strained a little bit … maybe a lot.” Trump had said “But we will be talking about India, it will be a big part of the conversation today.”
The US president had added “If I can help, I would love to be a mediator. If I can do anything to help, let me know.”
On official visit to the United States, PM Imran stirred the further controversy further by adding that Kashmir could only be resolved with outside help.
“Bilaterally, there will never be (an end to the Kashmir conflict),” PM Imran told the sources, adding that Pakistan and India were “poles apart”.
He added “I really feel that India should come… (to) the table. The US could play a big part, President Trump certainly can play a big part.”