Donald Trump on Monday stated that the relationship between India and Pakistan is "less heated" now, as compared to what it was two weeks ago. The US President reiterated his offer to mediate between the two Southeast Asian countries only if the neighbours were willing.
Donald Trump's comments come two weeks after his meeting with PM Modi on the sidelines of G7 Summit in France on August 26.
"India and Pakistan are having a conflict over Kashmir as you know. I think (it) is a little bit less heated right now than (what) was two weeks ago," Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.
"I get along with both countries very well," Trump ädded while responding to a question on his assessment of the situation between India and Pakistan. "I am willing to help them if they want. They know that. That (offer) is out there.
Donald Trump's statement came hours after solid intel reports suggested that Pulwama perpetrator Masood Azhar was secretly freed by Pakistan and that Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen were working together in PoK. Security agencies also alerted that there might be a spike in terror activities.
Relationship between India and Pakistan flared once against after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, bring the two countries to tussle once against after Pakistan-backed terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed perpetrated the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 that martyred 40 CRPF Jawans.
PM Modi in his bilateral meet with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France set the terms straight over the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. After offering to mediate between the heads of India and Pakistan on multiple occasions, Donald Trump on Monday decided to back off, after admitting New Delhi's stance over mediation with Islamabad.
Donald Trump said, "We spoke last night about Kashmir, Prime Minister really feels he has it under control. They speak with Pakistan and I'm sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good."
Asserting India's stand on a third-party mediation, PM Modi stated that the issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral in nature. "All issues between India & Pakistan are bilateral in nature, that is why we don't bother any other country regarding them. India and Pakistan were one country before 1947, and I'm confident that we can discuss our problems and solve them, together," PM Modi added.
A few days prior to that, on August 13, Donald Trump clarified that the offer over Kashmir mediation was not on the table anymore, dismissing Imran Khan's repeated request to mediate over the issue, fetching PM Modi a diplomatic victory over the issue.
During a meeting with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in July, Donald Trump had offered to mediate between the two countries on the issue of Kashmir. New Delhi was quick to reject the offer, saying the Kashmir issue was bilateral. It has also dismissed Trump's astonishing claim that PM Modi had asked him to meditate.
(With PTI inputs)