Discussion on Kashmir only with Pakistan, Jaishankar tells Pompeo as Trump reiterates mediation offer

India’s Union Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar Friday conveyed to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that any discussion on Kashmir will only be with Pakistan, bilaterally.

Jaishankar met with his US counterpart in Bangkok on Friday and held wide ranging discussions on regional issues, after which he tweeted that he has conveyed India’s unaltered stand on Kashmir to Pompeo.

Pompeo and Jaishankar’s meeting comes a day after President Trump said on Thursday that he was ready to assist India and Pakistan if they wanted his help in resolving the decades-old Kashmir issue.

While responding to reporters on Thursday, Trump said: “It’s really up to Prime Minister Modi. 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.”

The 3rd party intervention claim floated last week after his joint media appearance with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Oval Office. President Trump claimed that the Indian Prime Minister asked for his mediation on the Kashmir issue during their bilateral meeting in Japan in June on the sideline of the G20 Summit.

However, India denied Trump’s claim and said the Kashmir issue was never discussed between Modi and Trump in Japan.

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