US President Donald Trump has urged for dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad on Kashmir during a phone conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi claimed that the two had a “cordial conversation”, and agreed to keep in touch over the Kashmir dispute.
“Prime Minister Khan conveyed Pakistan’s concern on recent developments in Kashmir and the threat they pose to regional peace,” he was quoted as saying by state-run Radio Pakistan.
This came as Pakistan was kept out of the United Nations Security Council meeting on India’s Kashmir move.
It is also learnt that Imran Khan tried reaching out to the other members of the Permanent Five (P-5), in order to present its case before the UNSC before the “closed consultations began”.
In his talks with Trump, Khan voiced his concerns over India’s “illegal” move on J-K.
Tensions have escalated between New Delhi and Islamabad following India’s decision to revoke Article 370 of its Constitution which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The UNSC meet came after Pakistan wrote a formal letter to the UNSC president calling for an emergency meeting of the UNSC to discuss India’s move to revoke Article 370.
Following this, China, Pakistan’s all-weather ally, had called for a “closed-door” meeting on the matter.
However, the United Nations Security Council on Friday acknowledged India’s measures to bring normalcy and development to Kashmir and wanted all countries to follow suit.
Meanwhile, earlier on Monday, India’s Ambassador to the US said that Donald Trump has made it clear that his offer of mediation on Kashmir was not on the table anymore.
On July 22, US President Donald Trump had made a stunning claim that Narendra Modi had requested him to mediate in the Kashmir issue, which India has strongly denied.
A week later, Trump climbed down from his previous statement, saying it was up to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue but he was ready to assist if the two South Asian neighbours wanted him to help in resolving the issue.
Under the 1972 Simla Agreement, India has time and again maintained that it will not have a third party involvement in the issue.
On August 6, the Indian Parliament approved provisions to scrap Article 370 and passed a bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.