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Trump once again offered mediation between India-Pakistan

22 August, 2019

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A day after his telephonic conversation with the leaders of Pakistan and India, US President Donald Trump once again offered mediation between the two neighbouring countries on the ‘explosive and complicated’ issue of Kashmir.

“Kashmir’s a very complicated place. You have the Hindus, and you have the Muslims, and I wouldn’t say they get along so great,” Trump told reporters in the White House. The president said for mediation, he will do his best, and also expected possibility of discussion with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the weekend. The two leaders are due to meet at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, being held on August 24-26.

“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 told the reporters.

Terming the situation ‘explosive’, the US president said the leaders of the two countries are facing a tough situation. “And frankly it’s a very explosive situation. I spoke to Prime Minister Khan, and yesterday I spoke to PM Modi; and they are both friends of mine, and they are great people. And they love their countries, and they are in a very tough situation,” he said.

On July 22, President Trump had first offered to mediate between Pakistan and India over Kashmir at a White House news conference with Prime Minister Imran Khan during his official visit to Washington DC.

“Pakistan welcomes the mediation offer by the US and considers it one among the three broad options available to address the longstanding issue of Kashmir,” a senior government official told reporters here in Islamabad.

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