External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday reiterated his ministry's position on the fallacious claim made by President Donald Trump on Kashmir during his meeting with Pakistan PM Imran Khan outside Oval Office in Washington DC, United States. Trump in response to Khan's comment on Kashmir lied saying that PM Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate between the two countries on the issue.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, he said:
"I would like to categorically ensure the 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 be discussed bilaterally. I would further underline that any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism. Let me conclude by emphasising that Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration provide the basis for to resolve all issue between India and Pakistan bilaterally. I hope there won't be any confusion in anyone's mind."
Watch his statement in the Upper House below:
Even after the Ministry of External Affairs rejected Trump's remarks on Kashmir mediation on Monday night itself, Congress chose to target the Centre over the issue and also took it upon itself to discuss in the Parliament seeking clarification from PM Modi himself.
Taking on Twitter on Tuesday, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala shared the White House's statement on 'Remarks by US President Trump and Pakistan PM Imran Khan before the bilateral meeting'. Sharing the document, Surjewala questioned PM Modi, saying that the White House has put Trump's assertion in 'black and white' that the former asked the latter to mediate on Kashmir'.