India has swiftly rejected an offer by Donald Trump to help resolve its long-running conflict over Kashmir with Pakistan, denying that its prime minister had asked the US president to help.
Mr Trump’s claim he had been asked came as he hosted Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House. The president said that during a meeting two weeks ago Modi had asked, ‘Would you like to be a mediator, or arbitrator on Kashmir?”
The Indian foreign ministry said “no such request” was made, adding that all issues with Pakistan were “discussed only bilaterally”.
Both India and Pakistan claim all of Kashmir, but control only parts of it.
The neighbours have fought two wars over the Muslim-majority territory, and tensions flared again in February leading to cross-border air strikes.