India denies asking Trump to mediate in Kashmir conflict

    US President Donald Trump had his first face-to-face meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday at the Oval Office

    India is denying that its Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the US President to mediate in the longstanding Kashmir conflict with Pakistan.

    India’s foreign ministry says ‘no such request’ was made and believes that all issues with Pakistan were ‘discussed only bilaterally’.

    When President Donald Trump hosted Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House yesterday, he claimed that he was already asked by Modi to be an ‘arbitrator or mediator’ in the ongoing dispute.

    Mr Trump said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to play mediator in the Kashmir conflict

    Both India and Pakistan claim all of Kashmir, but control only parts of it.

    Indian Foreign Minister said in the parliament that Mr Trump’s claims were not true, but opposition MPs have demanded that Mr Modi should address the parliament on the issue.

    The neighbours have fought two wars over Kashmir, and tensions flared again in the Muslim-majority territory in February leading to cross-border air strikes.

    Pakistan welcomes mediation by a third party in Kashmir, but India says all issues should only be discussed bilaterally.