Trump again offers mediation on Kashmir as Modi briefs him positive developments

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NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday conveyed to the United States on Tuesday that there has been a “great deal of positive developments” in Jammu and Kashmir and two groups of envoys including US ambassador Kenneth Juster had visited it.

Briefing reporters about talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said the talks were in five or six major categories including security and defence, energy, technology and trade, people-to-people contacts and some regional issues.

He said the discussions were “extremely comprehensive and extremely cordial” and there was excellent rapport and chemistry between two leaders.

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the joint press statement, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo/R. RAVEENDRAN)

Terming the visit of US President as “historic”, he said there was a great deal of appreciation for warmth and hospitality shown by the leadership and the people.

India’s Ambassador to US Taranjit Singh Sandhu said the visit had sent a very significant message in America about warmth and affection with the kind of reception accorded at popular level.

Mediate offer

Donald Trump on Tuesday said if there is anything he can do to help resolve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, he is ready to do it.  

“Anything I can do to mediate or help, I would do. They (Pakistan) are working on Kashmir. Kashmir has been a thorn in lots of people’s sight for a long time. There are two sides to every story,” Trump told reporters here.

His statement came in response to a question on the terrorism emanating from Pakistan. The US President said he discussed the issue “at length” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We talked a lot about it at length today. No question it is a problem. They are working on it. I said I will do whatever I can do to help because my relationship with both gentlemen (PM Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan) is so good,” he said.

However, further in the conference, when asked about mediation, Trump said, “I didn’t say anything about that (being a mediator). Kashmir obviously is a big problem between India and Pakistan, they are going to work out their problem. They have been doing it for a long time.”

A proposal of mediation was last offered by President Trump in January during talks with Imran Khan in the US.

Pathankot, Mumbai attacks

Strongly condemning cross-border terrorism in all its forms, India and the United States on Tuesday called on Pakistan to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of Pathankot and Mumbai terror attacks and ensure that no territory under its control is used to launch terrorist attacks.

The discussion in this regard was held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, as per the joint statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs.

The two leaders called for concerted action against all terrorist groups including Al-Qa’ida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Hizb-ul Mujahideen, the Haqqani Network, TTP, D-Company, as well as their affiliates.

“Prime Minister Modi and President Trump denounced any use of terrorist proxies and strongly condemned cross-border terrorism in all its forms. They called on Pakistan to ensure that no territory under its control is used to launch terrorist attacks, and to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of such attacks, including 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot,” the statement read.

The two leaders resolved to enhance the security of their homelands through cooperation and to jointly fight international crimes like human trafficking, terrorism and violent extremism, drug-trafficking and crimes in cyberspace.

As a demonstration of their shared commitment to combating the threat that illicit drugs pose to their citizens, they announced their intent to establish a new Counter-Narcotics Working Group between their respective law enforcement agencies.

The US President concluded his jam-packed maiden two-day official visit to India earlier today. During the visit, he had held both restricted and delegation-level talks with PM Modi. (ANI)