Will do my best to mediate in Kashmir issue: Trump

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald J Trump said on Tuesday that he would try his best to mediate in the ‘explosive and complicated’ Kashmir issue.

Speaking to reporters at The White House, Trump said that he would discuss the prospect with Indian Prime Minister Modiw when the two leaders meet in Paris for the G7 summit this weekend.

Trump said that Kashmir was a very complicated place as it had Hindus and Muslims that didn’t get along well.

“Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have Hindus and you have the Muslims and I wouldn’t say they get along so great,” he said.

Trump said that he got along with both heads of state, Modi and Khan.

“I really get along with both (Mr Modi and Mr Khan) of them. As you know, Prime Minister Khan was here just recently. I will be with PM Modi … over the weekend in France,” he said.

Trump said that he thought the US was helping to resolve the tension between India and Pakistan.

He said that there was a ‘tremendous’ problem since Kashmir was a disputed region and religion was involved in the issue between the two countries.

“It’s a complicated situation. A lot has to do with religion. Religion is a complicated subject,” he said.

He said that the subcontinent was having ‘these talks for hundreds of years’ under different names.
Trump had offered to mediate between India and Pakistan after his July 22 meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan at The White House.

In response, the prime minister had said that Trump would receive the prayers of a billion people if he were to mediate in the Kashmir issue.

India had sharply responded to Trump’s statement and stated that it didn’t need a third party in its talks with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.