WION Web Team New Delhi
Aug 02, 2019, 10.26 AM
Even as US President Donald Trump raked up Kashmir for the second time in 10 days, New Delhi has once again dismissed any mediation.
India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Thailand, tweeted, "Have conveyed to American counterpart Sec Pompeo this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally".
Both sides are also expected to have discussed issues of concerns like trade and convergences like Indo-Pacific.
US President Donald Trump in response to a question said on Thursday, "It’s really up to Prime Minister Modi (to accept the offer of mediation). 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 India about it."
Adding, "If I can, if they wanted me to, I would certainly intervene."
Last month, US President Donald Trump, while sitting next to Pakistani PM Imran Khan in White House said PM Modi had called for mediation on Kashmir during Trump-Modi bilateral on the sidelines of Osaka G20 summit.
This was dismissed by the Indian side with Jaishankar speaking in the Parliament saying all bilateral issues between India and Pakistan are governed by Shimla and Lahore agreements under which no third party mediation will be allowed.
Jaishankar is Bangkok for ASEAN plus gatherings.
Jaishankar'c comment comes hours after US President Donald Trump once again stated that he is ready to intervene on Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan.