Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the United States to use its influence to persuade India to come to the table for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
Responding to US President Donald Trump’s reiteration offer to mediate between Pakistan and India on the decades-long Kashmir conflict, Qureshi said India was avoiding the talks and did not appear willing to negotiate on the matter, The Nation reported.
“India is involved in a bloodbath in Kashmir. India insists it is a bilateral matter, but it is not even willing to come to the table for talks,” the foreign minister told a private TV channel.
Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar earlier today rejected Trump’s reiterated offer to mediate between the two neighbors on Kashmir, saying any discussion on the disputed region would take place bilaterally and only with Pakistan.
Trump, in his meeting last month with Prime Minister Imran Khan, had offered to help to resolve the Kashmir issue. The US president earlier this week reiterated the offer to intervene during a conversation with reporters at the White House.
“Trump offered mediation keeping in view the regional situation. We thank [him] for the offer, and we have expressed our willingness,” Qureshi said.