KARACHI: United States President Donald Trump has once again broached his offer of intermediation on the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan.
Earlier, the US president had said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sought his help in mediation on the tardy issue. Though, this claim was categorically denied by the Indian government, while the opposition had demanded a clarification from Modi on this.
In a fresh statement Trump said that it was up to Prime Minister Modi to decide. He said he was still open to arbitrate between Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart.
“It is really up to PM Modi. I met with Prime Minister Khan, I got along great. I think they are fantastic people, both Khan and Modi. I would imagine they can get along very well.
“If they wanted somebody to intervene or to help them… and I spoke with Pakistan about that, and I spoke, frankly, to India about it. But that’s been going on, that battle, for a long time,” he said.
To a query about how he would resolve the issue, Trump said, “If I can, if they wanted me to, I would certainly intervene.”
About more than a week ago when Imran Khan was in the US, President Donald Trump had revealed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had requested him to mediate the Kashmir conflict with Pakistan.
Offering to mediate between the rival neighbouring countries on the 70-year-old Kashmir issue, Donald Trump had said, “If I can help, I would love to be a mediator.” To which PM Imran Khan had said that if Trump would do that, he would “have the prayers of more than a billion people”. He had said the US could play the most important role in bringing peace to the region.