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Talks On Kashmir Only With Pakistan, Says MEA After Trump Again Offers Mediation

"Any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally," S Jaishankar said.

Talks On Kashmir Only With Pakistan, Says MEA After Trump Again Offers Mediation
S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister (R)
PTI
Talks On Kashmir Only With Pakistan, Says MEA After Trump Again Offers Mediation
outlookindia.com
2019-08-02T10:40:40+0530

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday made it clear to his American counterpart Mike Pompeo that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally, days after US President Donald Trump offered to mediate on the Kashmir issue.

"Held wide ranging discussions with @SecPompeo on regional issues," Jaishankar tweeted.

"Have conveyed to American counterpart @SecPompeo this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally," he tweeted.

The MEA's repsonse comes after Trump on Thursday said it was up to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute but he was ready to assist if the two South Asian neighbours wanted him to help in resolving the decades-old issue.

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

Earlier also, India has rejected the US offer of mediation on Kashmir while Pakistan has welcomed his statement.

"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.

"Have they accepted the offer or not?" Trump sought a clarification when asked about India's rejection of his mediation offer.

(With PTI Inputs)

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