On Tuesday, US President once again offered to mediate the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan saying it is a “very complicated place”. Trump talked to both Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone and said he was happy to try and help to solve the Kashmir issue.
According to him, religion is the main reason for the agitated situation between the two nations. Mr. Trump told reporters in the White House, “Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have Hindus and you have the Muslims and I wouldn’t say they get along so great.”
“I will do the best I can to mediate,” he said. “…you have two counties that haven’t gotten along well for a long time and frankly, it’s a very explosive situation,” he added.
“I think we’re helping the situation. But there’s tremendous problems between those two countries, as you know. And I will do the best I can to mediate or do something,” Mr. Trump said.
The US President further added that “Great relationship with both of them, but they are not exactly friends at this moment. Complicated situation. A lot has to do with religion. Religion is a complicated subject.”
PM Modi and Imran Khan are expected to attend a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations. Last month, Trump had a joint media appearance with Imran Khan at the White House after which he said OM Modi sought his “mediation” a claim that India denied.
On Monday, while talking over the phone with the two friends, Trump advised Pakistan to “moderate its rhetoric with India” over Kashmir and urged both of them to work towards reducing tensions over Kashmir.
A White House readout of Trump’s talk with Imran Khan said, “Trump reaffirmed the need to avoid escalation of the situation and urged restraint on both sides. The two leaders also agreed to work together to strengthen the United States-Pakistan economic and trade cooperation.” On Tuesday, Islamabad said it will approach the International Court of Justice over India’s decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir.