New York, September 24: Hours after calling the Indian PM Narendra Modi's speech at Howdy Modi's event on Jammu and Kashmir "very aggressive statement", United States of America President Donald Trump on Tuesday again reiterated his intentions to mediate to improve the deteriorating relations between India and Pakistan. However, he made it clear that he would only intervene if both the countries agree to it. Donald Trump Offers to Mediate Again in Kashmir Issue if India And Pakistan Agree, Says 'I Trust Imran Khan'
Addressing the press just before addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Trump stated, "I think as far as Pakistan is concerned, India, their talking, I'm certainly willing to help. I think they would in a certain way like my help. But they've to both want it. They have very different views, and I'm concerned about it."
Here's the video of Trump address to press:
#WATCH New York: US President Donald Trump says, "I think as far as Pakistan is concerned, India, their talking, I'm certainly willing to help. I think they would in a certain way like my help. But they've to both want it. They have very different views & I'm concerned about it." pic.twitter.com/Zst6saTWfd
— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2019
Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday issued a response and asked the media personnel to wait with their questions until the conclusion of the India-US bilateral meeting. Secretary West in the MEA, A Gitesh Sarma told reporters in New York on Monday night, "I think there is a meeting tomorrow between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President, so let us wait for the meeting."
On Monday night addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump has said, "I have a very good relationship with PM Modi, and I have a very good relationship with PM Khan. I have never failed as an arbitrator… I have done it before. But I have to be asked by the other side." MEA Avoids Direct Response to Donald Trump's 3rd Kashmir Mediation Offer, Says 'Wait For US President's Bilateral Meeting With PM Modi'.
However, he even called PM Modi's speech 'very aggressive statement', Trump said, "I would like to see everything work out. I want everybody to be treated well. There are two big countries... I heard a very aggressive statement yesterday (During Howdy Modi event). I didn't know I was gonna hear the statement. I was sitting there, and I heard a very aggressive statement yesterday from India, from the Prime Minister, and I would say that was very well received within the room."
Here's the video of Trump's address:
Trump in front of Imran Khan says:
Modi gave a very aggressive statement on Kashmir in Houston. Hope both countries sort out matters soon.
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It is to be known that the relations between India and Pakistan deteriorated after the Pulwama terror attack in February. Following Article 370 abrogation, the relations between India and Pakistan became awry. Following this, Trump had offered to mediate in the Kashmir, which was quashed by India as the Ministry of External Affairs called this a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.