India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejected third-party mediation over the disputed Himalayan territory. Modi maintained his statement that the Kashmir dispute was a bilateral matter.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the G7 summit alongside Donald Trump, the president of the United States, who has previously offered to act as a go-between in the dispute.
peaking to reporters on the sidelines of the G7 summit in France, Trump said: “We spoke last night about Kashmir. The Prime Minister [Modi] really feels he has it [Kashmir] under control.”
“I am here… I have very good relationship with both of them but I think they can do it themselves,” the U.S. president added.
Trump earlier offered mediation on Kashmir between New Delhi and Islamabad.
New Delhi’s contentious decision angered Pakistan, which has fought two wars with India over the region, and Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday he would continue fighting for the rights of Kashmiris.
Khan said he planned to embark on a diplomatic tour soon to raise the issue in international forums including the U.N. General Assembly in September.