US President Doland Trump, during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of G-7 Summit, agreed that Kashmir is a “bilateral issue”. Backing off from his earlier statements to mediate between India and Pakistan, Trump supported PM Modi when he said India doesn’t “want to trouble any third country”. Appearing before the media after their overnight talks, both PM Modi and Trump said India and Pakistan should resolve the issues bilaterally.
“We spoke last night about Kashmir, Prime Minister [Modi] feels he has it under control. They speak with Pakistan and I’m sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good,” said Trump. Sitting beside the US President, PM Modi, while reiterating India’s stance on Kashmir, said: “All the issues between India and Pakistan are of bilateral, and we don’t want to trouble any third country. We can discuss and resolve these issues bilaterally.”
This was the first official meeting between both the leaders after the revocation of Article 370 in J&K, a move that has been vehemently criticised by Pakistan. “India and Pakistan were together before 1947 and I’m confident that we can discuss our problems and solve them together,” PM Modi said, adding the two nations should come together fight poverty and for the well being of the people.