The US administration has switched into damage control mode after Trump’s remarks that PM Narendra Modi asked him to mediate between India and Pakistan. But the US administration reaffirmed that Kashmir is a bilateral issue to be resolved by India and Pakistan.
A State Department Spokesperson said that Kashmir was a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss and that Trump administration welcomed Pakistan and India sitting down and the Unite States stood ready to assist.
India has categorically rejected Trump’s claim that PM Narendra Modi sought his meditation to resolve Kashmir issue. According to Trump, PM Narendra Modi asked Trump to mediate on the sidelines of G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
PM Imran Khan welcomed the remarks by Trump saying that Trump would have payers of Pakistani people if he can mediate and resolve the issue.
The Trump administration is busy containing the issue that is spiraling into a political crisis. India is clear on its stand that PM Narendra Modi request no mediation and that Kashmir is a bilateral issue. The US administration is pressing for the view that what Trump offered is a wish to resolve the Kashmir and other issues as early as possible.