India Spurns US Offer On Indo-Pak Mediation
New Delhi: US administration’s over-enthusiasm on mediation between India and Pakistan has received a rebuff from India today as the foreign affairs wing has directly rejected the offer saying its stated position of resolving bilateral issues bilaterally remains unchanged. ‘Try to prevail on Pak to end cross-border terrorism’ it added.
“Government’s position for bilateral redressal of all India-Pakistan issues in an environment free of terror and violence hasn’t changed,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
“We, of course, expect the international community and organisations to enforce international mechanisms and mandates concerning terrorism emanating from Pakistan, which continues to be the single biggest threat to peace and stability in our region and beyond,” he said.
This snub came after Nikki Haley, the US Permanent Representative to the UN, said on Monday that the US was concerned about the state of India-Pakistan relations and President Donald Trump himself might get involved in a peace process between the two South Asian antagonists.
“This administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward,” Indian-American Haley, who holds a cabinet rank in the Trump administration, said.
But India, whose surgical strikes on Pak-administered Kashmir has raised eyebrows in US, has nixed the US offer. Infact, Sushma Swaraj, MEA, has conveyed the government’s stated position to US soon after Donald Trump assumed office.