On Monday, the United States President Donald Trump has made it clear that his offer of speculation over Kashmir is “not on the table anymore,’” said a top Indian Envoy.
A Indian Envoy to the United States, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that the United States has old policies over Kashmir has been no speculation but to encourage Pakistan and India to resolve their bilateral distinctions.
In an interview to the US-based news sources, Mr. Shringla was quoted saying, “President Trump has made it very clear that his offer to mediate on Jammu and Kashmir is dependent on both India and Pakistan accepting it. Since India has not accepted the offer of mediation, he has made it clear that this is not on the table anymore.”
During his joint media arrival on July 22 with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, President Trump has surprised India by claiming that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for his mediation on Kashmir issue.
However, India replied that they had made no such request to President Trump and all issued needs to be bilaterally resolved with Islamabad.
Last week, President Trump said that he would “certainly intervene’ between Pakistan and India over Kashmir issue if they wanted his assistance. He continued that it was up to Pakistan and India to resolve the Kashmir issue but he was all-set to assist if both the nations wanted his help in resolving the issue.
Meanwhile, India made it very clear to the United States that any discussion over the issue, if at all justified, will only be with Pakistan and bilaterally.
While replying to a query over the United States’ old policy, Mr. Shringla said that “has been the United States long-standing policy.”
The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that it was also very clear on the issue.
He says, “this issue has to be resolved bilaterally between India and Pakistan in keeping with the agreements that the two countries have signed: the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration.”
“So, this is not an issue that is to be settled with, third parties. I think that was something that President Trump clarified and made clear,” added Mr. Shringla.
Last week, the State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus informed that there is no change in its policy on Kashmir as it asked India and Pakistan to maintain restraint and hold direct dialogue to resolve their issue.