Donald Trump again offers to mediate between India and Pakistan
Srinagar : Minutes before his UNGA speech, the US President Donald Trump on Tuesday offered (again) to mediate between India and Pakistan, making it clear that he will only get involved if both the countries ask him to do the same.
"I think as far as Pakistan is concerned, India, their talking, I am certainly willing to help. I think they would in a certain way like my help. But they have to both want it. They have very different views and I am concerned about it," US President Donald Trump said.
#WATCH New York: US President Donald Trump says, "I think as far as Pakistan is concerned, India, their talking, I'm certainly willing to help. I think they would in a certain way like my help. But they've to both want it. They have very different views & I'm concerned about it." pic.twitter.com/Zst6saTWfd— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2019
The offer from Donald Trump comes ahead of the bilateral meeting scheduled with PM Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), just two days after both the leaders addressed a mega Indian community event in Houston.
Earlier, on Monday, Donald Trump held a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, saying that he is able and willing to mediate only if both the parties ask him to.
"If I can help, I would certainly do that. It will be dependent on both of these gentlemen (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Imran Khan)," Trump had said in response to a question on whether he will offer to mediate on the issue of Kashmir.
"One without the other does not work, if you want to do the mediation or if you want to do the arbitration. But I would certainly want to help if both India and Pakistan would want to do that. It's a complex issue, but if both want it, I would be willing to do that," he added.