Any discussion on Kashmir will be done only with Pakistan and bilaterally: India’s clear message to US after Trump offer


United States President Donald Trump has once again said that he can mediator in the Kashmir issue.  However, now Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar on Friday conveyed to the United States that any discussion on Kashmir will be done only with Pakistan and bilaterally.

“Have conveyed to American counterpart Mike Pompeo this morning in clear terms that any discussion on Kashmir, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally,” tweeted the EAM after meeting the US secretary of State, on the sidelines of the second day of 9th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers meet in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jaishankar’s tweet comes soon after US president Donald Trump reiterated that he was ready to assist if the two South Asian neighbours (India and Pakistan) wanted his help in resolving the decades-old Kashmir issue. “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 (sic) India about it,” Trump said referring to his last week’s meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, wherein he offered to help resolve the Kashmir issue.