India denies seeking US mediation on Kashmir

India denies seeking US mediation on Kashmir

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday informed Parliament that Prime Minister Narendra Modi never requested US President Donald Trump to mediate in the Kashmir issue. Jaishankar reiterated New Delhi’s consistent stand that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, and no foreign intervention will be accepted in the matter.

“I would like to categorically assure the House that no such request has been made by PM Modi. It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally,” the External Affairs Minister said in Rajya Sabha. “The Shimla Agreement and the Lahore declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India and Pakistan bilaterally,” he added.

Jaishankar further mentioned that dialogue with Pakistan won’t be possible until Islamabad stops supporting terrorism. “Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism,” he said

The Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson also on Monday denied US President Donald Trump’s claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate on Kashmir dispute with Pakistan.

“We have seen @POTUS’s [President of the United States] remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate if requested by India & Pakistan, on Kashmir issue. No such request has been made by PM @narendramodi to US President,” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet on Monday.

He added: “It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism. The Shimla Agreement & the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally.”