No role for third party, India after Donald Trump’s Kashmir mediation offer

No role for third party, India after Donald Trump’s Kashmir mediation offer

Rejecting United States President Donald Trump's offer to help in resolving the Kashmir issue, India reiterated on Thursday that there is no role for any third party in the matter. The Indian government, in its statement, also said that onus remains on Pakistan to create conducive conditions so that the talks between the two countries could take place.

Donald Trump on Wednesday repeated his offer to "help" resolve the dispute between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue and said the United States was watching the developments between the two neighbours over Kashmir "very closely".

Addressing a press conference, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India's position on the Kashmir issue and the mediation offered by any third party has been consistent.

"Our position on the Kashmir issue and third-party mediation has been very clear and consistent. Let me reiterate that there is no role for any third party in this matter," Raveesh Kumar said.

The MEA spokesperson added, "If there are any bilateral issues between India and Pakistan that needs to be discussed, it should be done between the two countries under provisions of the Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. But the onus is on Pakistan to create such conducive conditions - free from terror, hostility and violence."