US State Department reverses Donald Trump’s statement, says Kashmir is India and Pakistan’s bilateral issue but America ready to assist

Washington: The US State Department has reversed President Donald Trump’s statement in which he talked about preparing for mediation on the Kashmir issue. The Department spokesman said on Tuesday that the Kashmir issue is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and the United States welcomes a meeting between these two countries.

The US rejected once again Pakistan’s appeal for mediation made this time by visiting Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday.

Pakistan needs to deliver on counter-terrorism: US

The United States reminded Pakistan of its own responsibility and answerability in the resolution of the dispute, saying it needs to deliver peremptorily on counter-terrorism.

“We believe the foundation for any successful dialogue between India and Pakistan is based on Pakistan taking sustained and irreversible steps against militants and terrorists on its territory,” said a US state department spokesperson.

The spokesperson also said that 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”.

Democratic Congressman apologises

Meanwhile, an influential Democratic Congressman on Tuesday apologised to India’s US envoy for Donald Trump’s remarks on Kashmir, while several others came out in support of New Delhi’s established stand against any third-party role on the issue.

“I just apologised to Indian Ambassador Harsh Shringla for Trump’s amateurish and embarrassing mistake,” Congressman Brad Sherman tweeted hours after Trump’s stunning claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought his mediation or arbitration efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue.