On Tuesday, an influential Democratic Congressman has apologized to India’s US envoy for President Trumps’ “embarrassing” remarks on Kashmir, which several others supported established a stand of New Delhi against any third-party role over the issue.
Hours after the United States President Donald Trump’s degrading remarks that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought his arbitration or mediation efforts to resolve the issue related to Kashmir.
India has consistently withstand any third-party conciliation proposal for the past 70-years, and over the decades the United States has been repeating that Kashmir is a bilateral issue.
Brad Sherman tweeted: “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 (sic).” He has been closely following the development in South Asia since few decades.
“Trump’s statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing,” claims Mr. Sherman, who leads the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Asia, Non-Proliferation, and the Pacific.
Later in the evening, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells claims that Kashmir is a “bilateral issue” between Pakistan and India. She tweets, “While Kashmir is a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss, the Trump administration welcomes Pakistan and India sitting down and the United States stands ready to assist.”
Congressman Eliot L Engel, who is the Chairman of the Powerful House Committee on Foreign Affairs, discussed with Indian Ambassador Harsh Shringla after President Trump’s remarks.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee said in a statement that “Engel reiterated his support for the longstanding US position on the Kashmir dispute, saying he supported dialogue between India and Pakistan, but reaffirmed that the dialogue’s pace and scope can only be determined by India and Pakistan.”
During the discussion, Mr. Engel “reaffirmed that in order for dialogue to be meaningful, Pakistan must first take concrete and irreversible steps to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure” on its soil, reads the statement.
In a joint statement, Congressman Brad Sherman and Congressman George Holding are Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, claims Kashmir is a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India.
The two powerful lawmakers said in their joint statement that “consistent with decades of US policy, we believe the dispute over Kashmir must be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan. The Republic of India is one of America’s closest and most important allies, and we look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi and Indian officials to combat terrorism and extremism throughout the region.”
On Monday, during a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at Oval Office, President Trump said that PM Modi has sought his arbitration in Kashmir issue and he was ready for it. In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs has rejected President Trump’s claim that PM Modi ever asked for reconciliation on Kashmir.
The Democratic-Controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee has further issued a fact check. The influential Congressional Committee tweets, “The Indians confirm they never asked Trump to mediate on Kashmir.”