Trump says Indian PM Modi asked for his mediation on Kashmir dispute

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WASHINGTON, Jul 23 (APP):US President Donald Trump Monday said India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged him to mediate on the decades-old Kashmir dispute with Pakistan, and he indicated that he was prepared to do so.

“He (Modi) 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,” Trump said at the White House, where he was hosting Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday.

“If I can help, I would love to be a mediator,” the US president said, a statement that appears to signal a shift in the US policy that the Kashmir issue must be solved bilaterally.

In response, Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is on his first trip to Washington, told Trump he would have “the prayers a billion people in the Sub-continent” if he was able to resolve the Kashmir issue.

He said he was hoping that the president would be able to “bring the two countries together,” saying the United States could play the “most important role.”