India Tuesday outrightly rejected the comments made by US President Donald Trump during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in New York.
“So, I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this [Kashmir] subject and he actually said, ‘Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator? I said, ‘where?’ He said Kashmir…If I could help, I would love to be a mediator,” Trump said as he mentioned how the Indian Prime Minister had looked for help during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.
“It is impossible to believe that two incredible countries that are very, very smart with very smart leadership can’t solve a problem. But, if you would want me to mediate or arbitrate, I would be willing to do,” Trump told reporters at the White House recently during his meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, put out a strong statement rejecting Trump’s statement completely.
“We have seen @POTUS’s remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India & Pakistan, on Kashmir issue. No such request has been made by PM @narendramodi to US President,” Revis Kumar tweeted.
“Personally I think @realDonaldTrump is talking out of his hat when he says @PMOIndia asked for US involvement in solving the Kashmir issue but I’d like to see @MEAIndia call Trump out on his claim,” tweeted Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, in a tweet said, “I honestly don’t think Trump has the slightest idea of what he’s talking about. He has either not been briefed or not understood what Modi was saying or what India’s position is on 3rd-party mediation. That said, MEA should clarify that Delhi has never sought his intercession.”