There was no mention of Kashmir in the discussions between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in Osaka, Japan, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, according to a White House readout of the talks presented by Ivanka Trump on June 28.
Briefing the media after the India-US-Japan trilateral and the Modi-Trump bilateral, Ivanka Trump clearly said the discussions centered around 5G technology and its security implications, Iran and trade relations.
“It (the trilateral) was a really important meeting and lays the foundation for a subsequent productive conversation, a one-on-one between the President and Prime Minister Modi, where the same issues were covered. Of course, 5G and the trade relationship between the US and India, a critical trading partner, and critical security partner and a critical ally. So it was a productive discussion, everything from Iran to national security was covered by the President and the US delegation with their Indian counterparts and it’s been a productive morning, to say the least,” Ivanka, who accompanied her father to the G20, had said.
During the meet, Modi and Trump also agreed that they would meet at an early date to try and sort out issues pertaining to trade between the two countries.
In the trilateral meet between Trump, Modi and Abe, the leaders agreed to meet every year and to ensure successful cooperation in multiple areas, including maritime security, quality infrastructure, and advancing peace and prosperity in the Indian Ocean and Pacific region and beyond.
The readout comes to the fore as Donald Trump created a diplomatic upheaval with his claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate in the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.
However, the claim was rebutted by the Indian government so after.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday “categorically assured” the Parliament that Modi had never made such a request to the US President.
He asserted that any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism.
Speaking to reporters before his meeting in the White House with Khan, Trump asserted that during his meeting with Modi in Osaka, “We talked about the subject, (and) he actually said, ‘Would you like to mediate or arbitrate?’ I said, ‘Where,?’ (and he said) ‘Kashmir’.”
As per the 1972 Simla Agreement, India has time and again maintained that it will not have a third party involvement in the Kashmir issue, which it sees as a bilateral matter with Pakistan.
Despite this, Trump chose to put himself in a neutral position equating India and Pakistan.
(With inputs from IANS)