No request made by Modi on Kashmir, says India

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NEW DELHI: India has disputed President Donald Trump’s claim that Modi had asked him to mediate on the Kashmir dispute.

“We have seen @POTUS’s remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India & Pakistan, on Kashmir issue. No such request has been made by PM @narendramodi to US President,” Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson for India’s External Affaris Ministry, said.

He said that there was no change in India’s position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed bilaterally.

“It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism.”

“The Shimla Agreement & the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally,” he added.

The reaction from India came after Trump told Prime Minister Imran Khan that Modi had also requested the US to help end the Kashmir dispute.

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