New Delhi: US President Donald Trump, while holding bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reportedly told the latter that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been forcing him to mediate between New Delhi and Islamabad over decade-old Kashmir dispute. However, the US president clarified that that he does not intend to do the same, a government source informed The Indian Exrpress. Also Read - 'Just Hold on For Modi-Trump Meet', India Dodges Direct Reply on Trump's Third Offer of Kashmir Mediation
Notably, Trump was on his maiden official visit to India from February 24 to 25. He was accompanied by First Lady Melania and a high-powered delegation comprising senior US administration officials, including National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. Also Read - 'Khan, Modi Fantastic People, I'd Intervene if...', Trump Makes Another Offer of Kashmir Mediation
President Trump, in the past, had offered to mediate on the Kashmir issue multiple times but New Delhi has always told Washington that it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan and there is no scope for any third-party mediation.
On Feb 25, while addressing a joint press conference with PM Narendra Modi in Delhi, Trump had termed the Kashmir issue a ‘big problem’. On being asked about India’s rejection of his earlier offer to mediate on Kashmir, the US president said he is not offering to mediate on the issue. “Kashmir has been a thorn in a lot of people”s sides for a long time. There are two sides to every story,” said the US President.