NEW DELHI: There was no conversation in Osaka between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on Kashmir and mediation in the dispute, and this is the Indian and US governments both by the discussions of official records by the borne.
In a major damage-limitation effort, following trump’s outrageous claim that Modi asked him “mediate” with Pakistan on Kashmir, Indian officials have returned to the G20 meeting of sidelines on Osaka in the bilateral meeting of their records.
Sources said officers at the US State Department also confirmed that their Indian counterparts that their records had not been discussed in between the trump and Modi in Osaka.
There was no one-on-one meeting between Modi and Trump Recreating the bilateral meeting, sources said the two leaders have walked from the Japan-India-US trilateral to the designated room. They were followed by photographers and TV camerapersons, and they even stopped for pictures
The meeting was attended by foreign minister S. Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo besides senior officials from both countries. Modi, unusually, out of the four topics he wanted to talk about – Trump – Iran, bilateral issues, 5G and defence All this was captured on camera
In reality, there was no time to talk about That was clarified by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in the post-talks briefings for journalists.
On Monday night, after the trump’s remarks with Pakistani Prime MinisterImran Khanthreatened to blow up in a huge controversy, Jaishankar, Gokhale and India’s ambassador to the US, Harsh Shringla, crafted a strong and clear response to a diplomatic disaster.
In Washington, the US government too has allowed to damage “Obviously, Trump was mistaken. The administration has been scrambling to set the record straight without denouncing him, “a source close to developments in Washington said.
A senior US State Department official said, “We believe the successful foundation for any dialogue between India and Pakistan is based on Pakistan taking its territories on militants and terrorists against sustained and irreversible steps. These actions are in line with PM’s said commitments and Pakistan’s international obligations. We will continue to support efforts. This first and foremost means of tackling the terrorism As the president, we stand ready assist. “
In its readout of the meeting, the White House said: “The path to a strong and enduring partnership between Pakistan and the US lies together in Afghanistan. Pakistan has taken some steps against terror groups operating within Pakistan. It is important Pakistan take action to shut down all groups once and for all. “
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