It is up to India and Pakistan to decide the Kashmir dispute, US President Donald Trump said Thursday, adding that he was able to assist if the two South Asian friends needed his help in resolving the decades-old issue.
Trump was leading to his last week’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran at the Oval Office, wherein he offered to help solve the Kashmir issue. His offer was firmly refused by India, while Pakistan has welcomed his announcement.
“It’s really up to Prime Minister Modi (to accept the offer of mediation),” Trump told journalists responding to a question on India not taking his offer of mediation on Kashmir.
“Have they took the offer or not?” Trump asked clarification when asked about India’s refusal of his mediation offer.
“I think they are incredible people Narendra Modi and Imran Khan — I mean. I would think they could get along well, very but if they wanted somebody to happen, to help them and I talked with Pakistan about that, and I spoke openly in (sic) India about it,” Trump said.
When asked how would he “want to solve the Kashmir issue”, Trump said, “If I can, if they wanted me to, I would surely happen.”
Last week, in his joint media presence with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in his Oval Office, Trump surprised India by saying that Prime Minister Modi sought his mediation/arbitration on the Kashmir issue.
Trump said the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked for this during their respective meeting in Japan in June on the interest of the G-20 Summit.
India immediately refused it and said the Kashmir issue was never discussed between Modi and Trump.
Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar answered that Modi ever made that application.
“We heard comments by President Donald Trump in a meeting with Imran Khan of Pakistan, to the press that he is ready to interfere if requested by India and Pakistan, on Kashmir issue,” he said in a statement in Parliament.