WEB DESK / STAFF REPORTER / NEW DELHI
New Delhi today rejected the reported claim made by US President Donald Trump that Prime minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate on Kashmir.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs MEA spokesperson Ravish Kumar in rejected the claim saying: “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. It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism. The Shimla Agreement & the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally” .
Earlier US President Donald Trump said that he was with PM Narendra Modi two weeks ago and he said would you like to be an arbitrator/mediator? When he asked where? He said, #Kashmir. – President Trump told the media in a joint press briefing with Imran Khan.
On Saturday Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that Government of India knows the ‘art’ to resolve Kashmir issue even without holding talks.
“Even if no one comes forward to hold talks, still we will resolve the Kashmir issue. I want to tell you whether talks are held, or not. But, we will resolve it. How it will happen? We know the art to end Kashmir issue. Kashmir kisamasyakahal ho key raheyga, duniyaki koi taqatnahi rook shaktihai (Resolution of Kashmir issue is bound to happen and no power on earth can stop it),” Singh, said while addressing a gathering at Samba.