Disclosure by Trump on third party mediation on Kashmir a huge policy shift, says Mehbooba

Srinagar: PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that the ‘disclosure’ made by US President Donald Trump on third party mediation in Kashmir is a ‘huge policy shift’.

The former Chief Minister added that both India and Pakistan should seize the opportunity to work for peace.

In a tweet, she said that despite bad track record of US in resolving protracted conflicts, India and Pakistan should grab the opportunity.

Trump claimed during his meeting with Pakistan Premier Imran Khan that Narendra Modi had requested him to mediate in the Kashmir dispute.

The Ministry of External Affairs rejected Trump’s remarks, saying it has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally.

US also added that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between the countries but the US ‘welcomes the two countries sitting down for talks.

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