Modi did not seek Trump’s mediation in Kashmir: Centre

Both Houses in disarray as Opposition demands clarification from PM Modi
Both Houses of Parliament witnessed disruptions on Tuesday as Opposition members demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself clarify on Donald Trump’s remarks that he had asked the U.S. President to mediate on the Kashmir issue. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said in the Rajya Sabha that he “would like to categorically state that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the U.S. President.” Mr. Trump made the remarks while meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington on Monday. Mr. Jaishankar said all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan “can be discussed only bilaterally”. “Yesterday evening, after the House adjourned, we heard remarks by President Donald Trump at a meeting with Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan…that he is ready to mediate if requested by India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. I would like to categorically assure the House that no such request had been made by the Prime Minister to the U.S. President… I would further underline that any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism. Let me conclude by emphasizing that the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration provide the basis for resolving all issues between India and Pakistan bilaterally,” he said.

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