Former US Diplomats “Worry” President Trump’s Remarks May Hit Indo-US Ties - TNBC USA

On Monday, the United States President Donald Trump claims that the Indian Prime Minister has sought for his intervention on Kashmir issue will distract Indo-US relations, said a former US diplomat. New Delhi has already dismissed President Trump’s remarks which he made during a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, claims India’s consistent position has been such fine issues with the neighboring nation are discussed bilaterally only.

India’s Former US Ambassador Richard Verma told sources that “the President did a lot of damage today. His comments on Kashmir and Afghanistan were way off the mark.”

As per the statement of an ex-Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Donald Trump would soon learn the problem of South Asian issue, adding that “President Trump wants Pakistan’s help with a deal on Afghanistan and has dangled the prospect of help with what he thinks Pakistan wants.”

He noted that “he praised Imran Khan like he praised North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. This is his standard procedure in trying to get a deal.”

He continued, “Just as he has not got a deal on the Korean peninsula, he will soon learn that South Asia’s historical issues are also more complex than fashioning a real estate deal.”

Both Hussain Haqqani and Richard Verma were replying to queries on President Trump’s “embarrassing” remarks that he is ready to intervene between Pakistan and India over Kashmir issue. 

During his talks with PM Khan, President Trump was quoted saying, ‘I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject (Kashmir). And he actually said, ‘would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?’ I said, ‘where?’ (PM Modi said) ‘Kashmir’.”

“Because this has been going on for many, many years. I am surprised at how long. It has been going on (for long),” the US President said, with PM Khan responding “70 years”.

President Trump continued, “I think they (Indians) would like to see it resolved. I think you would like to see it resolved. And if I can help, I would love to be a mediator. It should be….we have two incredible countries that are very, very smart with very smart leadership, (and they) can’t solve a problem like that. But if you would want me to mediate or arbitrate, I would be willing to do that.”

“So all those issues should be resolved. So, he (PM Modi) has to ask me the same thing. So maybe we’ll speak to him. Or I’ll speak to him and we’ll see if we can do something,” added President Trump. 

PM Khan greeted these remarks. “President, I can tell you that, right now, you would have the prayers of over a billion people if you can mediate and resolve this issue,” he claims. 

In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs was rapid to reject that PM Modi ever asked for a communicator over Kashmir issue. The Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said, “We have seen President Trump’s remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India and Pakistan, on the Kashmir issue. No such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US President.”

Mr. Kumar further reiterated the clear stand of India on its claims, “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 Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India and Pakistan bilaterally.”

Former State Department diplomat Alyssa Ayres is at present the Council for Foreign Relations think tank defended that President Trump did not come prepared for the meeting.

Ms. Ayres told sources, “I am worried about the President’s lack of preparation for his meetings, and his impromptu statements. His statement on Kashmir today (that PM Modi sought mediation from Trump) was categorically denied by the Indian government within hours.”

She said, “Diplomacy requires careful attention to detail, to language, and to the facts of history. We did not see that today.”

Nicholas Burns has served under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President Bush Administration and played an important role in Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal, claims Indian Government has been consistent for several years in dismissing the United States as a intervene over Kashmir issue. 

Ms. Burns claims, “Pakistan is in favor. Difficult for the US to consider if Delhi remains opposed.”

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