United States Congressman Brad Sherman on Tuesday apologized Indian Ambassador Harish Shringla for President Donald Trump’s “embarrassing” remarks on Kashmir issue.

In a tweet, Sherman said that everyone knows that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would never suggest a solution for Kashmir through third-party mediation. He further called Trump’s remarks on Kashmir issue “amateurish” and “delusional.” He said, “anyone who knows about anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that India consistently opposes third-party mediation re Kashmir.”

“Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that #India consistently opposes third-party mediation re Kashmir. Everyone knows PM Modi would never suggest such a thing. Trump’s statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing,” tweeted Brad Sherman, a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives.

This apology from Sherman came hours after President Donald Trump said that PM Modi has asked him to act as a mediator to resolve Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. “So I was with Prime Minister Narendra Modi two weeks ago and we talked about this subject. And he actually said, would you actually like to be a mediator or arbitrator? Did I say, where? He said because this has been going for many, many years. I was surprised at how long it has been going on,” said Trump during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House in Washington DC on Monday.

He further added, “It should be resolved, so he has to think the same thing, so maybe I will speak to him and we will see what we can do.”

However, India has rejected Trump’s claim stating that Kashmir issue that the country is consistent that all the outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only “bilaterally.”

Taking to the twitter, MEA spokesperson said, “We have seen @POTUS’s remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India & Pakistan, on Kashmir issue. No such request has been made by PM @narendramodi to US President. It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism. The Shimla Agreement & the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally.”

According to the reports, India has taken up the matter with the White House and lodged a protest against Trump’s statement.

However, the Congressional committee tweeted, “The Indians confirm they never asked Trump to mediate on Kashmir.”


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