Congress asks PM Modi to explain Donald Trump’s Kashmir mediation claim despite MEA clarification

The Congress party has demanded a clarification from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over US President Donald Trumps claims that the Indian PM had asked him to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari termed it a serious issue and demanded a clarification from PM Modi on the matter in Parliament. The President of United States of America Donald Trump with Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan standing next to him has publicly recounted at great length a conversation Narendra Modi had with him in Osaka to mediate on Kashmir. Even by Trump A response by a Joint Secy level officer won PM must clarify in both houses today whether he asked Trump to mediate on Kashmir or not? he tweeted. Also Read: US lawmakers support India Reiteration of time tested line on The US President remarks relate to a meeting between him PM Modi, wherein our PM had asked him to mediate. Why is PM Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said that Trump appeared to be clueless on the matter and had no idea what he was talking about. I honestly dont think Trump has the slightest idea of what hes talking about. He has either not been briefed or not understood what Modi was saying or what Indias position is on third party mediation. That said, MEA should clarify that Delhi has never sought his intercession, he tweeted. On Monday, US President Donald Trump offered to act as the mediator between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue as he met Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington DC. He even claimed that PM Modi had asked him to mediate between the two nations on the matter. I was with Prime Minister Narendra 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, Trump said, referring to a meeting with PM Modi on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan. However, New Delhi denied Trump External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that no such request has been made by PM Modi to Trump. No such request has been made by PM Narendra Modi to US President, However, the US government appeared to be making attempts to control the damage after India categorical denial of Trumps claims with the US Department of State issuing a statement saying, Kashmir was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and the US welcomes the two countries sitting down for talks. While Kashmir is a bilateral issue for both parties to discuss,the Trump administration welcomes Pakistan and India sitting down and the United States stands ready to assist. We believe foundation for any successful dialogue between India and Pakistan is based on Pakistan taking sustained and irreversible steps against terrorists on its territory. These actions are in line with PM Khan We will continue to support efforts that reduce tensions and create an environment conducive for dialogue. This first and foremost means tackling the menace of terrorism. As the President indicated, we stand ready to assist, it said in a statement.