January 2020 News

No Role For Any Third Party: India On Donald Trump's New Kashmir Comments

23 January 2020
Times of India

New Delhi: India on Thursday reiterated that there is no role for any third party on the Kashmir issue amid reports that US President Donald Trump has again offered to help India and Pakistan resolve the lingering dispute. Responding to a question on Trump purportedly raising the Kashmir issue during his talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, Our position on the Kashmir issue and third party mediation has been very clear and consistent. Let me reiterate that there is no role for any third party in this matter. He said that such issues must be resolved bilaterally and the onus is on Pakistan to create an atmosphere free of terror and violence to facilitate such discussions. Pakistan has little credibility on Jamp;K: US reportIf there are any bilateral issues between India and Pakistan that need to be discussed, it should be done between the two countries under provisions of Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration. But the onus is on Pakistan to create such conducive conditions - free from terror, hostility and violence, Kumar told reporters. Pakistans attempt to create an alarmist situation in Kashmir failed and the global community understands its double standards, he said in response to another question. Addressing the media with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Davos on Tuesday, Trump said that the US was watching the developments related to Kashmir very closely and repeated his offer to help resolve the matter.