Amid the controversy over claims made by US President Donald Trump on being asked by PM Modi to mediate in Kashmir issue, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in a strong-worded message, clarified that no such discussions took place between the heads of states. Addressing the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Rajnath Singh reiterated EAM Jaishankar's stance on the matter, adding that no such talks on Kashmir took place between PM Modi and US President Trump during their meeting during the G20 Summit in Japan earlier in June.
Adding that mediation on the Kashmir issue is ruled out with Pakistan, he said it is a question of national pride for India.
"The question on the talks between PM Modi and US President Trump, it is true that discussions took place between both the leaders in the month of June. However, our EAM Jaishankar has already clarified that no talks were held with Donald Trump. I believe there can be no trustworthy statement than this, because Jaishankar was there with PM Modi when talks were taking place with US President Trump. No question on mediation on Kashmir issue. If talks will take place with Pakistan, it will not only take place on Kashmir, but on Jammu and Kashmir," the Defence Minister said amid huge ruckus in the Lower house of Parliament.
In between Rajnath Singh's statement in Parliament, Opposition leaders staged a walkout demanding a statement from PM Modi himself.
US President Donald Trump, during his meeting with Pakistan PM Imran, on Monday had claimed that Prime Minister Modi had asked him to play the role of a mediator on Kashmir issue.
Later on Tuesday, in a strong statement, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar categorically ensured the Upper House that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US president.
"I reiterate no such request has been made to the US President. I would, Sir, also reiterate that it has been India's consistent position that all outstanding issue by Pakistan is discussed bilaterally. I would further underline that any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism," the EAM had said.