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US President Donald Trump reiterates to mediate Kashmir issue amid praises for Imran and Modi

WASHINGTON: President of United States Donald Trump on Friday has praised Pakistani and Indian prime ministers Imran Khan and Narendra Modi respectively by calling them as fantastic persons.

 

Talking to media in Washington, Trump said, “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.”

 

Meanwhile, he once again offered to mediate Kashmir dispute and said, “It’s really up to Modi (to accept the offer of mediation). If they wanted me to, I would certainly intervene.”

 

Talks on Kashmir conflict will only be with Pakistan, India’s reaction

External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar on Friday has said that any discussion on the matter will only be held with Pakistan.

 

The minister took to social networking website and told that he has already conveyed to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in clear terms that talks on Kashmir conflict will only be bilateral with Pakistan.

 

Trump’s press conference with Imran Khan in Washington

Earlier while holding press conference with PM Imran in Washington, the US president had offered to mediate the decades-long Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, a move that would signal a shift in long-standing US policy that the issue must be solved bilaterally.

 

Trump said the Indian Prime Minister had asked for his mediation during their bilateral meeting in Japan in June on the sideline of the G-20 Summit.

 

However, Indian government had quickly denied it and said that Kashmir issue was never discussed between Modi and Trump.

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