Brad Sherman, a member of the Democratic Party in the United States of America (U.S.A.,) on the 23rd of July, took to Twitter and apologised on behalf of Donald Trump, the President of the U.S.A., for his remarks about Kashmir.
Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that #India consistently opposes third-party mediation re #Kashmir. Everyone knows PM Modi would never suggest such a thing. Trump’s statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing. 1/2
— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) July 22, 2019
Mr. Sherman said, “Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that #India consistently opposes third party mediation re #Kashmir. Everyone knows PM Modi would never suggest such a thing. Trump’s statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing.”
On the 22nd of July, Donald Trump, during a meeting with Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, said, “If I can help, I would love to be a mediator.” He further said, “I was with Prime Minister Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject and 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 think they would like to see it resolved and you (Imran Khan) would like to see it resolved. If I can help, I would love to be a mediator.”
Emphasising on the current situation in Kashmir, Trump said he heard Kashmir is a beautiful place, but due to the issue between India and Pakistan, there are only bombs and violence in Kashmir.
Trump said if he could do anything to resolve the matter, he would love it.
Upon the claims of Trump, Imran Khan responded positively and said the “prayers of over a billion people will be with you if you can mediate and resolve the situation.”
However, India rejected the claims of Donald Trump, who said Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to be a mediator in the Kashmir issue.
India said all the outstanding issues between India and Pakistan are only discussed during bilateral meetings.
After the claims of the U.S.A., President, the Foreign Ministry of India, on the 22nd of July, took to Twitter and denied all the claims made by Trump.
Raveesh Kumar, the Spokesperson of Foreign Ministry, said the Prime Minister did not request Trump to be a mediator in the Kashmir issue.
We have seen @POTUS‘s remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India & Pakistan, on Kashmir issue. No such request has been made by PM @narendramodi to US President. It has been India’s consistent position…1/2
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 22, 2019
…that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism. The Shimla Agreement & the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally.2/2
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) July 22, 2019
Raveesh Kumar clarified and said India is against any third party mediation in Kashmir.
Raveesh Kumar also said, the Indian authorities will keep the Kashmir issue between Delhi and Islamabad, the capital of India and Pakistan respectively, without any third party’s involvement.
Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, reacted to Trump’s claim and tweeted, “Is Govt (Government) of India going to call @realDonaldTrump a liar or has there been an undeclared shift in India’s position on third party involvement in #Kashmir?”
Personally I think @realDonaldTrump is talking out of his hat when he says @PMOIndia asked for US involvement in solving the Kashmir issue but I’d like to see @MEAIndia call Trump out on his claim. https://t.co/JRlH4mehrp
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 22, 2019
After Trump’s statement, Twitter was flooded with people reacting to the situation.
— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) July 23, 2019
I would request my very talkative @narendramodi to respond to @realDonaldTrump on the #KashmirIssue..c’mon let me witness how much you have got to respond to TRMUP ADMINISTRATION on this. Speak @narendramodi when it matters the most don’t be a scapegoat. Not a hate post. INDIA 🇮🇳
— Tanmay (@tan21may) July 23, 2019
— bhupendra chaubey (@bhupendrachaube) July 23, 2019