US President Donald Trump has again offered to help India and Pakistan despite a meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month in which both the world leaders agreed that Kashmir was a bilateral matter between the two countries with no scope for third party mediation.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Donald Trump said, "I am willing to help them if they want. They know that. That (offer) is out there."
Trump also observed that he gets along well with both India and Pakistan.
Talking about the heightened tensions between India and Pakistan ever since the abrogation of Article 370, Trump said, "India and Pakistan are having a conflict over Kashmir as you know. I think (it) is a little bit less heated right now than (what) was two weeks ago."
Last month when PM Modi visited France as a special invitee for the G7 Summit, he spoke to Trump on the sidelines and discussed the Kashmir issue. The two leaders issued a statement and both agreed that Kashmir will be left to India and Pakistan to deal with while Article 370 is an internal matter for India.
Hours after the bonhomie between Trump and Modi at the G7 Summit became evident along with the no mediation stand, Pakistan PM Imran Khan issued a nuclear threat to India.
During a meeting with visiting Imran Khan in July, Trump had offered to mediate between the two countries on the issue of Kashmir. Trump had for the first time offered to mediate in the matter after this meeting with Imran Khan.
He also went on to make a startling claim that even PM Modi had earlier asked him to help solve the dispute. However, coming under attack by the Opposition, the Modi government issued a statement and rejected Trump's claims to say that PM Modi had never asked for any such help from Trump.
Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar also met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and told him that Kashmir is a bilateral matter and there is no scope for any mediation by the United States.
However, Trump has once again said that the offer to mediate is still out there.
(With inputs from PTI)