Modi asked me to mediate on Kashmir: Trump

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US President Donald Trump said that he was ready to “mediate” on Kashmir and has received a request to do so from Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their recent meeting.

President Trump, who hosted the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House today, also said if asked, the US can help with the India, Pakistan relations.

“I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject and he actually said ‘Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator’, I said ‘Where’, He said ‘Kashmir’. Because this has been going on for many, many years… I think they would like to see it resolved and you (Imran Khan) would like to see it resolved. If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” President Trump said at the joint press briefing with Imran Khan.

The “prayers of over a billion people will be with you if you can mediate and resolve the situation,” Imran Khan responded.

President Trump and PM Modi had met last month on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was also at the summit, though there was no bilateral meet between him and PM Modi.

India has been against third-party mediation in Kashmir, though it has been repeatedly sought by Pakistan in various international forums, including the United Nations.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was quick to react today. His tweet read: “Is Govt of India going to call @realDonaldTrump a liar or has there been an undeclared shift in India’s position on third party involvement in #Kashmir?”