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US President Donald Trump once again offers to mediate on Kashmir 

File photo of Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 21, 2019, 07.14 AM (IST)

By Sidhant Sibal/Akash Rai

US President Donald Trump has once again offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue.

Speaking to US media, Trump said that he will do his best to meditate on 'the complicated situation'

''Kashmir is a very tough situation and you know what we are talking about. This has been going on for decades. And I will do the best I can to meditate or do something with both (India and Pakistan) of them but they are not exactly friends at this moment. It's a complicated situation and a lot has to do with religion. Religions are a complicated subject.,'' Trump said.

Trump's remarks follow his telephone conversation with PM Modi and Imran Khan.

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During the conversation, Khan repeatedly sought Trump's intervention and mediation in the crisis. India, on the other hand, has maintained that any bilateral talks between India and Pakistan on Kashmir will only be considered if Khan dialled down the rhetoric.

India never asked the US to mediate. This is not the first time that Trump has made a similar proposal.

Last month, Trump claimed that Modi has asked him to mediate on Kashmir. India categorically denied Trump's claim.

New Delhi has time and again stated that Kashmir is an entirely internal matter and a sovereign issue. It said that any discussion on Kashmir will take place bilaterally and only with Pakistan.

Trump's latest comments come just days after the government of India revoked article 370 that guaranteed special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The move rattled Pakistan. Islamabad sought an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on Kashmir.

But four out of the five permanent members of the security council did not support Pakistan's contentions. World powers maintained that Kashmir is India's internal matter.