US President Donald Trump again offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir. New Delhi, in past, has firmly rejected US mediation offer and stated that Kashmir is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, the US president said: “There is a big problem between Pakistan and India [over occupied Kashmir], but I think they will work out their problem.”
Trump has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir on various occasions. In August 2019, he reiterated the same, adding that he is willing to intervene but a decision would be up to the leaders of both the countries.
In today’s press conference, Trump maintained that the US has a great relationship with Pakistan. “India is a brave country and I have a great relationship with both the leaders — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian PM Narendra Modi.
Earlier, Trump met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York a day after accompanying Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Howdy Modi event in Houston.
“I would be willing to help if both wanted,” Trump told reporters while answering a question ahead of his meeting with Khan. “If both Pakistan, let’s say, and India wanted me to do that, I am ready, willing, and able. It’s a complex issue.”
Trump first offered to mediate the conflict during Khan’s bilateral visit to Washington, DC in July 2019, insisting at the time that PM Modi had asked him to do so. At the time, India rejected that statement, saying “no such request” had been made.