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Trump’s statement on Kashmir mediation sparks off controversy

July 24, 2019

United States President Donald Trump met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on Monday where he offered to mediate Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. Reportedly, Trump told that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to help with the Kashmir issue, a statement that sparked controversy. The Indian Foreign Ministry immediately stepped up and denied Modi making such a statement. But the central government had to face criticism after the statement from Trump came out.

President Trump says PM Modi asked him to mediate between India & Pakistan on Kashmir! If true, PM Modi has betrayed India's interests & 1972 Shimla Agreement. A weak Foreign Ministry denial won't do. PM must tell the nation what transpired in the meeting between him & @POTUS-Rahul Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress.

Ministers and leaders from opposition parties asked Modi to clarify on Trump's statement. Many leaders walked out of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Tuesday pointing out the controversy.

Many people took to social media to express their anxiety over Trump's statement.

"According to Trump, India's Prime Minister Modi "actually said, 'Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?' I said 'Where?' He said, 'Kashmir.'" India's official spokesman just issued statement saying: "No such request has been made by Prime Minister to the US President", tweeted Senior Congress Spokesperson Manu Raju.

In fact, Brad Sherman from the United States Congress apologised to India for the statement from Trump.

"Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that #India consistently opposes third-party mediation re #Kashmir. Everyone knows PM Modi would never suggest such a thing. Trump's statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing", tweeted Sherman.

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