India on Wednesday rejected any third-party mediation on Kashmir, a day after US President Donald Trump offered to help defuse tensions between India and Pakistan.
Trump’s offer came as he sat down for talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos following a request by Pakistan. Islamabad’s appeal followed a US Congressional Research Service (CRS) report that said “Pakistan appeared diplomatically isolated" after India revoked Kashmir’s special status.
“Pakistan’s ability to alter the status quo (in Kashmir) through military action has been reduced in recent years, meaning that Islamabad likely must rely primarily on diplomacy," said the report titled Kashmir: Background, Recent Developments, and US Policy.
“The Pakistan-India conflict is a very big issue for us in Pakistan and we expect the US to always play its part in de-escalating the tensions, because no other country can," Khan said at the Davos meeting, according to a report by news agency PTI.
The news report quoted Trump as saying, “What’s going on between Pakistan and India … if we can help, we certainly will be willing to."
The US president said he would speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Kashmir, according to the report.
New Delhi’s reaction to Trump’s offer for help was low key. “Our position on the Kashmir issue has been clear and consistent. There is no role for any third party in this matter. There is nothing further to add," said a person familiar with the matter.
PTI contributed to this story.