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I offered to help India, Pakistan with arbitration, mediation on Kashmir: Trump

New York: US President Donald Trump stated he mentioned the problem of Kashmir with the leaders of India and Pakistan throughout his conferences with them and provided to assist with arbitration or mediation to the 2 nuclear-armed international locations, who need to work it out.

Trump, addressing reporters right here Wednesday, stated he has had “very productive conversations” with leaders of India and Pakistan on the margins of the UN Common Meeting.

“With respect to Pakistan and India, we talked about Kashmir. Whatever help I can be, I said, I offered, whether it’s arbitration or mediation or whatever it has to be.”

He added he’ll “do whatever he can because they are at very serious odds right now and hopefully that will get better”.

“You take a look at the 2 gents heading these two international locations, two good pals of mine. I stated, fellows work it out, simply work it out. These are two nuclear international locations, gotta work it out.

Trump met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a bilateral assembly Tuesday on the sidelines of the UNGA for 40 minutes, and a day earlier he met Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

Trump and Modi’s assembly was their fourth since Modi got here to energy for a second time period in Could this yr. A White Home readout stated Trump “inspired” Modi to enhance relations with Pakistan and fulfil his promise to raised the lives of the Kashmiri folks.

India maintains Kashmir is a bilateral concern and no third occasion has any function in it.

Requested about Trump’s remarks, Exterior Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated, “Our position is very clear”. “I think it has been articulated by the prime minister earlier. It was articulated yesterday by the foreign secretary so that position remains,” he stated.

“If you look at what he (foreign secretary) said yesterday, he said that India and Pakistan should both agree for any kind of mediation or arbitration,” Kumar informed reporters at a briefing.

International Secretary Vijay Gokhale had informed reporters after the Modi-Trump assembly that the prime minister “made it clear that we are not shying away from talks with Pakistan”.

“But for that to happen, we expect some concrete steps to be taken by Pakistan. And we do not find any effort by Pakistan taking those steps,” Gokhale had stated.

He had additionally stated that Modi defined intimately to Trump the challenges confronted by India due to terrorism, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, the place 42,000 lives have been misplaced within the final 30 years as a result of menace.

Pakistan has been attempting to internationalise the Kashmir concern after India withdrew the particular standing of J&Okay on August 5 however New Delhi has asserted the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”.

Pakistan’s International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has written to the UN Secretary Common and President of the UN Safety Council, making his nation’s authorized case on the Kashmir concern. Qureshi, in his letter to UN chief Antonio Guterres and UNSC President Vasily Nebenzya, stated the Indian motion geared toward bringing a few demographic change” in Kashmir.

Tensions between the 2 international locations have spiked because the abrogation of Article 370.

It evoked robust reactions from Islamabad, which downgraded ties and expelled the Indian ambassador.

Each Modi and Khan are scheduled to deal with the UN Common Meeting this week.

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