Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rejected any scope for third party mediation on Kashmir, saying it was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
Flanked by United States President Donald Trump, Modi said, “we don’t want to trouble any third country”. This stand was immediately backed by the American leader who had recently offered to mediate.
After Trump returned home from the Group of Seven Summit held in the French city of Biarritz from August 24 and 26, the White House said, “The five big takeaways are: A message of unity, security a billion-dollar trade deal, promoting the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), developing stronger trade with Europe and helping to reduce India-Pakistan tension.”
It added: “In his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, President Trump reaffirmed the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan and also worked to build on the great economic relations between our nations.”
In a tweet, the White House said during the meeting with Modi, Trump also acknowledged India’s role as a critical partner in Afghanistan