‘Time to Move On’: India on Trump’s Claim That Modi Sought Help on Kashmir

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Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said both countries have said what they had to on the matter.

 India wants to put a lid on the controversy over US President Donald Trump’s claim that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked for former’s help in mediation on the Kashmir issue.

“I thought we moved on and frankly I think we should move on. A statement was made by us, external affairs minister made statements in parliament, state department made a clarification. We should leave it at that and move on,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday at his weekly briefing.

Trump had told reporters at a joint press appearance with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday that Modi had asked for his help on Kashmir during their meeting at G20 summit in Osaka.

India had swiftly issued a statement denying that Indian PM had made such a request. It was followed by statements made by external affairs minister S. Jaishankar in both houses of parliament.

While there was no explicit denouncement of Trump, US state department also reiterated that Kashmir was a “bilateral” dispute.

The bilateral nature of the Kashmir dispute is one of the cardinal principles of Indian foreign policy, while Pakistan had always called for internationalisation of this issue.

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Kumar insisted that the India-US relationship was bigger than the fracas over the US president’s remarks.

“I think we have to look at the relationship from a larger perspective… whatever we have to say, we have done that. Now, the two sides are keen to work together to strengthen the very important partnership…We are very strong strategic partners and we have brought deep convergence across range of issues. It is a full-service relationship,” Kumar said.

Meanwhile, the Indian spokesperson described Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement that there was about 30,000-40,000 terrorists who had trained “in some part of Afghanistan or Kashmir” as a “glaring admission”.

“It is a glaring admission by the Pakistani leadership…. This is not the first time that Pakistan and Pakistani leadership owned up to the presence of terror training camps and terrorists in Pakistan…. It is also in public knowledge and international community knows about it,” Kumar said.

Courtesy: Wire

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