Minutes before his UNGA speech, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated his offer to mediate between India and Pakistan while making it clear that he would do so only if both the countries agreed to the mediation.
“I think as far as Pakistan is concerned, India, their talking, I am certainly willing to help. I think they would in a certain way like my help. But they have to both want it. They have very different views and I am concerned about it,” US President Donald Trump said.
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His statement comes ahead of his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), just two days after both the leaders addressed a mega Indian community event in Houston.
Earlier, during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, Donald Trump had said he is “ready, willing, and able” to meditate on the issue of Kashmir if India and Pakistan want him to do so.
He had told Imran Khan that he is willing to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir situation if both countries want the same.
“If I can help, I would certainly do that. It will be dependent on both of these gentlemen (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Imran Khan),” Trump had said in response to a question on whether he will offer to mediate on the issue of Kashmir.
“One without the other does not work, if you want to do the mediation or if you want to do the arbitration. But I would certainly want to help if both India and Pakistan would want to do that. It’s a complex issue, but if both want it, I would be willing to do that,” he added.
While Imran Khan said that India is refusing to talk on the matter, Donald Trump said he can only help if there is “consent from the other side”.
Donald Trump also admitted that Narendra Modi had made an aggressive statement on Kashmir and Article 370 during the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event, but added that it was well-received by the crowd.
Ahead of the one-on-one talks, the US President also told Imran Khan that “he lives in a very friendly neighbourhood” when the Pakistan prime minister said he looks forward to talking about Afghanistan, India and Iran.
(With ANI inputs)