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    No request made by PM Modi to Trump on Kashmir mediation: Jaishankar

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    External affairs minister Jaishankar said all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan can be discussed only bilaterally.

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    The minister said it has been the consistent position of India that all outstanding issues with Pakistan can be discussed only bilaterally.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi made no request to US President Donald Trump to mediate on the Kashmir issue with Pakistan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in Rajya Sabha Tuesday amid a massive controversy over the US leader's claim.

    He said all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan can be discussed only bilaterally.

    "I would like to categorically state that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US President," he said after Congress and other opposition parties raised the issue in the House.

    S Jaishankar on Trump's mediation claims on Kashmir issue

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Rajya Sabha on 'the statement of US President Donald Trump that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate in Kashmir issue: I would like to categorically assure the House that no such request has been made by PM Modi.
    US President Donald Trump had on Monday claimed that Prime Minister Modi had asked him to play the
    role of a mediator on Kashmir.

    The minister said it has been the consistent position of India that all outstanding issues with Pakistan can be discussed only bilaterally.

    "Any engagement with Pakistan will require end to cross border terrorism," he said, adding Shimla and Lahore accords provide the basis for resolution of all issues bilaterally.

    Opposition parties were, however, not satisfied by the statement of the External Affairs Minister and wanted the Prime Minister to come to the House and clarify.

    This led to heated exchange between opposition benches and the Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, who adjourned proceedings till 1200 hours.
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    20 Comments on this Story

    Shiv Sarma Duvvuri383 days ago
    The only reason the World has to take Trump seriously is because of the Dollar Clout and more importantly is this immature nincompoop has the finger on the nuclear button like the monkey with the coconut sitting on the tree. What is sad is that the American''s have chosen him for their Sumpreme Leader. Does not say much for the kind Democracy they practice.
    Our Congress Bhais are the only support this unstable Trump seems to have. FM statement on the floor of both Houses is more than sufficient. MODI NEED NOT FURTHER DIGNIFY TRUMP OR CONGRESSMEN who should be worried about their relevance if not survival both individually and as INC.
    Venkatramana Rao383 days ago
    The opposition parties lost peoples'' confidence in the own country. The conversation was private between the leaders of the two countries.It has not happened in White house or in Pentagon.Such being the case why should the Prime Minister of our country is answerable in Our Parliament.To answer or rebutt another country''s head of state why he should appear in our Parliament.The Congress has become so desperate and has become fifth column and supporting the cause of Pakistan. Shame on Congress.As a citizen of India ,I support the PM of our count
    Basant Giri384 days ago
    Kashmir issue has been further complicated by fanatic forces supported by Pakistan and Chinese encroachment. Pakistan will hand over whole Kashmir to China for its selfish interest. ''Male muft dile beraham''.
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