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India has swiftly rejected a suggestion by Donald Trump to assist resolve its long-running battle over Kashmir with Pakistan, denying that its prime minister had requested the US president to assist.
After a White Home assembly with Imran Khan, Pakistani prime minister, Mr Trump stated Narendra Modi, Indian prime minister, had requested him if he wish to play a job in talks to finish the decades-long territorial dispute over Kashmir.
“I used to be with prime minister Modi two weeks in the past, and we talked about this topic,” stated Mr Trump. “And he truly stated, ‘Would you wish to be a mediator or arbitrator?’ I stated, ‘The place? He stated, ‘Kashmir’.” Mr Trump stated he would “like to be a mediator”.
I’ve heard a lot about Kashmir. Such a ravishing title. It’s alleged to be such a ravishing a part of the world
A spokesperson for India’s ministry of exterior affairs stated it famous Mr Trump’s suggestion that he was “able to mediate”, however that “no such request” had been made to Mr Trump by Mr Modi.
“It has been India’s constant place that every one excellent points with Pakistan are mentioned solely bilaterally,” stated the spokesperson. “Any engagement with Pakistan would require an finish to cross-border terrorism.”
India and Pakistan have had intervals of peace interspersed with violence within the Kashmir area. Pakistan has lengthy needed outdoors mediation.
Talking outdoors the Oval Workplace on Monday, Mr Khan appealed to Mr Trump to step in.
“Solely probably the most highly effective state headed by President Trump can deliver the 2 international locations collectively,” stated Mr Khan. “We’ve got tried our greatest with India. However sadly we’ve got not made any headway but.”
Mr Trump stated he would communicate with Mr Modi. “I’ve heard a lot about Kashmir,” he added. “Such a ravishing title. It’s alleged to be such a ravishing a part of the world. However proper now there’s simply bombs all over. They are saying wherever you go, you will have bombs, and it’s a horrible state of affairs.”
Sunday, 24 February, 2019
Pakistan has solely not too long ago lifted its airspace restrictions following a navy stand-off with India in February, when New Delhi ordered a “pre-emptive” air strike on what it stated was a terrorist coaching camp in Pakistan.
The Indian strike adopted a terror assault within the Kashmir area, when a suicide bomber killed 44 Indian paramilitary police. Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed duty.