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Pakistan FM wants US or UN to persuade India to start talks on Kashmir

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's remarks came after US President Donald Trump said though the Kashmir issue was a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan but he would be happy to mediate if they want him to do so.

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New Delhi Published on: August 02, 2019 19:39 IST
Last month, Trump offered to be the "mediator" between

Last month, Trump offered to be the "mediator" between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue when he met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for the first time at the White House.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has advocated for a third party intervention in the Kashmir issue.

Qureshi on Friday urged the US to use its "influence" to "persuade" India to start talks on the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. He added he would also write a letter to the United Nations chief Antonio Guterres.

Qureshi's remarks came after US President Donald Trump said though the Kashmir issue was a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan but he would be happy to mediate if they want him to do so.

To this end, Qureshi said India was avoiding the talks and did not appear willing to negotiate on the matter.

"India insists it is a bilateral matter, but it is not even willing to come to the table for talks," he told Geo News.

He added: "India won't agree easily to the Kashmir talks. (We urge) the US to exercise its influence and persuade India (to come to the table)."

Earlier, rejecting any mediation by Trump on Kashmir, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday made it clear to his American counterpart Mike Pompeo that "any discussion on the issue, if at all warranted, will only be with Pakistan and only bilaterally".

Last month, Trump offered to be the "mediator" between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue when he met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for the first time at the White House.

"Trump offered mediation keeping in view the regional situation. We thank him for the offer, and we have expressed our willingness," Qureshi said.

"We want peace. Our focus right now is the Afghan peace process. If India tries to create any obstacle to the peace process in Afghanistan, then regional peace will suffer," he said.

In his joint media appearance with Pakistan Prime Minister Khan in Oval Office, Trump had stunned India by saying that PM Modi sought his mediation/arbitration on the Kashmir issue.

India quickly denied it and said the Kashmir issue was never discussed between PM Modi and Trump.

Jaishankar made a statement in Parliament strongly refuting that the Prime Minister had ever made such a request.

(with inputs from agencies)

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