If asked by India and Pakistan, US President Donald Trump is ready to mediate on the issue of Kashmir, a senior administration official said on Thursday. The authority also emphasized that the onus for harmony talks lies on Islamabad by taking continued and irreversible actions against terrorist groups.
Trump Ready to Mediate on Kashmir issue, if asked by India
Trump in the recent past has offered mediation among India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. India, in any case, has kept up its position that the Kashmir is an internal issue should be examined respectively between the two nations.
“He (Trump) certainly is prepared to play a mediation role, if both the countries ask. It has been India’s position not to seek outside mediation,” said the official in response to a question.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, recently, rejected any degree for outsider intervention among India and Pakistan on Kashmir.
Requesting anonymity, the official, when asked if the US supports India’s position that “talks and terror cannot go together”, said it is important that Pakistan take “sustainable and irreversible steps against terrorism”.
It is also possible to have a dialogue and the United States encourages the countries to engage as two nuclear powers living side by side.
On October 22, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells, in a stern warning to Pakistan, said, “Pakistan’s harbouring of terrorist groups like Lashkar-e- Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammed, which seek to foment violence across the Line of Control, is destabilising, and Pakistani authorities remain accountable for their actions.”
The official named the marking of Memorandum of Understanding on Kartarpur Corridor an invite certainty building measure among India and Pakistan which will help increase people to people contact.
“While it’s a small step, we need more like this to also create the will, the goodwill and the environment for constructive dialogue,” the official said.
India and Pakistan on Thursday consented to an agreement for operationalizing the Kartarpur Corridor that will permit Indian explorers without visa access to the gurdwara worked at the site in Pakistani Punjab where Guru Nanak, the originator of Sikhism, spent the last years of his life.