Days after his lie that Prime Minister Modi wanted him to mediate in solving the Kashmir problem, President of United States of America Donald Trump said that it was up to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute but he was ready to assist if the two South Asian neighbours wanted him to help in resolving the decades-old issue.
Referring to his last week's meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, wherein he offered to help resolve the Kashmir issue, Trump expressed his desire to 'help' but India had categorically rejected his claim that the Indian PM approached him for help and that New Delhi will not include any external mediation in solving the Kashmir problem as underscored in the Simla Declaration.
"It's really up to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi (to accept the offer of mediation)," Trump told reporters responding to a question on India not accepting his offer of mediation on Kashmir."Have they accepted the offer or not?", Trump sought a clarification when asked about India's rejection of his mediation offer.
Trump unabashedly said that "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," Trump said. When asked how would he "want to resolve the Kashmir issue", Trump said, "If I can, if they wanted me to, I would certainly intervene." This comes after his blatant lie that PM Modi asked him to mediate after during their conversation on the sidelines of G 20 summit.
Last week, in a meeting with Pakistan PM Imran Khan at the Oval Office, the US President claimed that he was asked by PM Modi to do mediate between the two neighbouring countries over the long-going issue of Kashmir. Trump further expressed his willingness to be the mediator in the matter. However, Trump's claims have been rejected from all quarters. The Ministry of External Affairs released a statement rejecting a third-party mediation in Kashmir issue. MEA also clarified that "no such request was made by PM Modi to the US President during the recently-concluded G20 Summit when the Prime Minister and US President held meetings. The statement further reiterated India's stand on Pakistan.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar refuted that PM Modi ever made that request in his fiery speech in the Parliament.
"We heard remarks by President Donald Trump in a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan, to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India and Pakistan, on Kashmir issue," he said in a statement to the Inidan Parliament.