There was no discussion on Kashmir during the meeting between the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump in June, says the Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. He said there is “no question of any mediation” on the Kashmir issue.
However, the opposition didn’t take to Singh’s words and spent another day demanding a reply from PM Modi. The opposition, including members of the Congress party trooped into the Well right after Question Hour began and raised slogans. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha questioned the prime minister for not talking on the issue.
In a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump had disclosed that he had been invited by PM Modi to mediate the long-running Kashmir conflict. But the world leader’s statements did go down well in India. Actually, it created a political storm. Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that if the U.S. President’s claims were true, PM Modi has betrayed India’s interests and the 1972 Shimla Agreement.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs, spokesman Raveesh Kumar, in a tweet clarified that “no such request had been made” by India’s prime minister. Kumar reiterated that the territorial dispute, between India and Pakistan, needs to be resolved bilaterally between the two countries. Moreover, the U.S. State Department had later clarified in a statement that the Kashmir conflict was a bilateral issue and that the United States stands ready to assist.
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However, the statements by the External Affairs Ministry hasn’t convinced the opposition as they continue to seek an answer from the prime minister himself. Furthermore, to make things worse the United States’ top presidential advisor said Donald Trump “does not make things up”.
Kashmir is a sensitive issue for India and this isn’t the first time that New Delhi has rejected a foreign leader’s offer to mediate the conflict-riddled valley.