US President Donald Trump on Monday offered to mediate the Kashmir conflict during a joint press conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” Trump said. “If I can do anything to help, let me know.”
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from British colonial rule, two of which have centered on the disputed Kashmir region. It remains a sore point for India-Pakistan relations.
“USA is most powerful country in world and it can play a very important role for peace in subcontinent,” Khan said, according to a government tweet. “Over a billion people … are held hostage to Kashmir situation and I believe that Donald Trump can bring to two countries together.”
However, in a statement issued by the spokesman of the Indian Foreign Ministry late Monday, there was a denial that any such request had been made by Prime Minister Modi to Trump.
“No such request has been made by Prime Minister to the US President,” Raveesh Kumar said. “It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism.”