Told Pompeo Kashmir a bilateral matter, talks only with Pakistan: Jaishankar on Trump's mediation offer

Told Pompeo Kashmir a bilateral matter, talks only with Pakistan: Jaishankar on Trump's mediation offer

Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar said that any discussion on Kashmir will take place bilaterally and only with Pakistan. It comes after Trump broached the topic of mediating between India and Pakistan for a second time over the Kashmir issue.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday responded to US President Donald Trump's second offer on acting as a mediator in Kashmir issue.

Jaishankar said that any discussion on Kashmir will take place bilaterally and only with Pakistan.

S Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the Asean Summit in Thailand.

In a tweet, Jaishankar said, "Have conveyed to American counterpart Mike Pompeo, this morning in clear terms, that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally."

It comes after Trump broached the topic of mediating between India and Pakistan for a second time over the Kashmir issue.

This time he has said that it is on Prime Minister Modi to decide on mediation and he is still open to mediating between Pakistan PM Imran Khan and PM Modi.

Trump was referring to his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, wherein he offered to help resolve the Kashmir issue.

"It's really up to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi (to accept the offer of mediation)," Trump told reporters responding to a question on India not accepting his offer of mediation on Kashmir.

This comes after India categorically denied that PM Modi ever asked for Trump's help in solving the Kashmir dispute. India has maintained that Kashmir has always been a bilateral issue with no scope of third party intervention.

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