President Donald Trump spun a story in entrance of reporters Monday that he was personally requested by India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, to mediate the Kashmir battle with Pakistan. However a spokesman for Modi rapidly issued an announcement that “no such request has been made.”
Trump raised the problem throughout a gathering with Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, within the White Home whereas reporters listened.
“I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago,” Trump recalled. “He actually said, ‘Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?’ I said, “Where?′ He said, ‘Kashmir.’ Because this has been going on for many, many years. I was surprised at how long it’s been going on,” Trump added, revealing his lack of information concerning the historical past of the battle.
Trump added: “I’d love to be a mediator.”
Even earlier than India denied Trump’s declare, the White Home refused to substantiate that the Kashmir dialog between Modi and Trump had occurred, The Wall Avenue Journal reported.
The nonpartisan suppose tank The Council on Overseas Relations famous in a Monday weblog submit, headlined “The Trouble With Facts,” that India has all the time believed the battle over the disputed area of Kashmir have to be determined by India and Pakistan alone. So it “struck experts on South Asia as strange” that Modi had “personally requested U.S. mediation,” the assertion added.
Indian authorities spokesman Raveesh Kumar flatly repudiated Trump’s declare lower than an hour after the White Home assembly.
It appears Trump “misinterpreted whatever he and Modi might have discussed — if indeed they did discuss Kashmir,” noticed the council weblog submit. “Tough issues in diplomacy can’t be solved on the fly, and require careful attention to the facts and to history. Unfortunately, today’s press availability showed something quite to the contrary.”
The Kashmir dispute is especially fraught as a result of each nations have nuclear weapons. Trump, who boasts he’s a grasp at making offers, has had little success within the worldwide area.
In contrast to India, Pakistan has sought outdoors mediation within the battle over Kashmir, and Khan appealed to Trump on Monday to assist “bring the two countries together.” Trump stated he would converse with Modi.
“I’ve heard so much about Kashmir,” stated the president. “Such a beautiful name. It’s supposed to be such a beautiful part of the world. But right now there’s just bombs all over the place.”
Trump is in search of Pakistan’s assist in the U.S. battle in Afghanistan, hoping to influence Islamabad to stress the Afghan Taliban to comply with a ceasefire and negotiate with the Afghan authorities.
Pakistan and India have battled over Kashmir since Pakistan was established 70 years in the past. Earlier this yr, India launched an airstrike within the area — and Pakistan retaliated — after a suicide bombing in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed 40 Indian troops.
Trump’s declare about mediation was hardly essentially the most stunning of his feedback. He additionally claimed he has a “real understanding” of Puerto Rico as a result of he held two magnificence pageants on the island that “literally 100%” of Puerto Ricans watched.
He additionally stated the U.S. may wipe Afghanistan “off the face of the Earth … literally in 10 days,” however that he didn’t “want to kill 10 million people.”
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