December 7, 2019 | 6:50 AM IST
kashmir issue

US begins damage control after Trump’s ‘India approached US to mediate in Kashmir’ claim

After India denied claims of having approached US President Donald Trump’s to mediate in resolving the Kashmir issue with Pakistan, the Trump administration brass officials began damage control measures late Monday night.

On Monday, while answering Pakistani mediapersons on Kashmir issue, Trump referring to PM Modi said, “It should be resolved. So it- but he asked me the same, so I think there’s something. So maybe we’ll speak to him or I’ll speak to him and we’ll see if we can do something because I’ve heard so much about Kashmir.”

Within minutes of this claim, Raveesh Kumar from the Ministry of External Affairs strongly denied any such incident tweeting, “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 and the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India and Pakistan bilaterally.”
It may be noted that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is on a three-day visit to the US President Trump.

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