NEW DELHI, Jan 23 (KUNA) — Indian government on Thursday ruled out any role for a third party in resolving Kashmir issue raging for years between India and Pakistan. “We have seen President Trump’s remarks. Our position has been clear and consistent on Kashmir; it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. Let me reiterate that there is no role for any third party in this matter,” Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar stated during a press conference in New Delhi.
Any issues between India and Pakistan should be resolved bilaterally under the provisions of Simla agreement and the Lahore declaration, he added. The statement came in the backdrop of an offer made by US President Donald Trump to mediate in the Kashmir issue during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Davos on Tuesday. “We are talking about Kashmir and in relation to what is going on with Pakistan and India and if we can help – we certainly will be helping. We’ve been following that and watching it very very closely,” Trump had told the media.
The ministry official also urged Pakistan to create a conducive atmosphere for talks if Islamabad is serious about a peaceful and normal relationship with India. The US president made the statement ahead of his planned visit to India which is expected to take place between February 24-26 and growing tension between nuclear-powered India and Pakistan especially after New Delhi ended unilaterally the self-rule Jammu and Kashmir was enjoying since accession to India.