US President Donald Trump has once again offered to mediate between India and Pakistan on the “complicated” Kashmir issue, a day after speaking to the prime ministers of both the countries.
This despite India garnering support from several nations including Russia and France that the Kashmir issue needs to be resolved through bilateral dialogue.
“It’s (Kashmir issue) going on for a long period of time. But I get along really well with both of them. As you know, prime minister (Imran) Khan was here just recently. I am going to be with prime minister (Narendra) Modi over the weekend in France. I think we are helping in the situation. But there is tremendous problem between those two countries and I will do the best I can to mediate or do something. It’s a complicated situation. A lot has to do with religion,” Trump said while briefing reporters on Tuesday.
Trump is expected to meet Modi on the sidelines of the Group of Seven meeting in the coastal town of Biarritz in France later this week. Though India is not part of the grouping, Modi will attend the summit at the invitation of French president Emmanuel Macron.
Trump has over the last one week occupied centre stage in the latest flare up in India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir seeking to pacify the nuclear-armed neighbours. This is the second time in less than a week that Trump has spoken to Khan. Following his chat with both the South Asian neighbours on Monday, Trump in a tweet put both the countries on the same pedestal: “Spoke to my two good friends, Prime Minister Modi of India, and Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan, regarding Trade, Strategic Partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir. A tough situation, but good conversations!”