US President Donald Trump has said relations between India and Pakistan have cooled down now compared to the situation 2 weeks ago. He reiterated his help to resolve issues between India and Pakistan if both the South Asian countries want him to mediate. Trump’s statement came a week or so after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in France on the sidelines of the G7 summit.
Talking to the media at the White House, Donald Trump said India and Pakistan have had the Kashmir conflict for a long time but he feels the little heated friction between the two has decreased now.
Notably, tensions between India and Pakistan were on at their peak after the Indian government revoked Article 370 a special constitutional provision for Jammu and Kashmir, and made the state into a union territory after bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Asked of his assessment on the situation between India and Pakistan, the US President said he gets along with both countries very well and is willing to help both of them. Trump added that PM Modi and PM Khan knows what he is going to offer.
Earlier in July, Pakistan PM Imran Khan had visited Trump when the US President Trump offered to mediate on Kashmir. Soon after Trump’s statement, India rejected the offer and made it clear that the Kashmir issue was bilateral and for the neighbours to resolve. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs also dismissed Trump’s claim that PM Modi had asked him to mediate in the Kashmir issue.
During his meeting with Modi in France last month, Trump had said Kashmir is an issue that needs to be resolved between India and Pakistan.