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Time to move on from Trump's Kashmir comments: MEA

File Photo: Raveesh Kumar, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi Jul 25, 2019, 08.44 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Days after United States President Donald Trump ruffled up feathers by his comments on mediation on Kashmir, New Delhi has said its time to "move on" since clarification has been given by both sides.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in his weekly presser said, "There was a statement made by us, External Affairs Minister in both houses of the Parliament. State Department has issued a clarification in this regard."

Calling India-US ties important, Raveesh said, "We are a very strong strategic partnership, we have deep convergences on range of issues. We have excellent trade and investment linkages... we are moving towards technological ties up"

He added, "Our relationship with the US remains multifaceted.. stands on its own merit. We have broadened convergence"

Trump earlier this week riled up India when he said PM Modi during his meet with him on the sidelines of G20 summit had asked him to mediate on Kashmir. 

This was immediately dismissed by India with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar "categorically" assuring the Parliament that no such suggestion was ever made. The state department too said its a bilateral issue and US can only assist.

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Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in his weekly presser said, 'There was a statement made by us, External Affairs Minister in both houses of the Parliament. State Department has issued a clarification in this regard'