Trump: India wants me to help. India: No, we do not (VIDEO)
During President Donald Trump's recent meeting in the Oval Office, he claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate the Kashmir dispute, which Trump claimed he had only just then learned about even though it had been going on for decades.
Shortly after the statement was made on television, India released an official response through their Ministry of External Affairs saying that "No such response has been made by the Prime Minister to the U.S. president."
The response further stated: "It has been India's consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism. The Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India and Pakistan bilaterally."
The Prime Minister of Pakistan met with Trump today and he made the statement in front of him.
"I was with Prime Minister Modi and we met two weeks ago. And he actually said, 'Would you like to be a mediator or arbitrator?' I said 'where?' And he said Kashmir.'
Did Trump just imagine the incident or is he trying some clever parlor trick for world diplomacy? We don't know. But, India didn't hesitate to call out the lie. We're not sure how undermining the credibility of the Oval Office is going to help a 70-year old longstanding issue.
Furthermore, India has always refused 3rd part mediation. And, the country is America's most important natural ally in its rivalry with China. Basically: Trump is hurting the United States world position right now.