Washington: It is up to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute, US President Donald Trump said Thursday, adding that he was ready to assist if the two South Asian neighbours wanted his help in resolving the decades-old issue.
Trump was referring to his last week’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Oval Office, wherein he offered to help resolve the Kashmir issue. His offer was strongly rejected by India, 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.
“I think they are fantastic people Khan and Modi — I mean. I would imagine they could get along very well, but if they wanted somebody to intervene, to help them and I spoke with Pakistan about that and I spoke frankly in (sic) India about it,” Trump said.