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No question of mediation on Kashmir: Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha

Singh asserted that when India talks to Pakistan, it will not be limited to the issue of Kashmir, but also include PoK
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on July 8, 2019.

PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 24.07.19, 08:15 AM

There was no discussion on Kashmir in the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Japan recently and there is no question of any mediation on the issue, Defence minister Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Amid a walkout of proceedings by the Opposition, which has been demanding a statement from the prime minister since Tuesday, Singh said in the House that mediation on the Kashmir issue is also ruled out as it is a question of national pride for India.

'There was no discussion on Kashmir during the meeting between the Prime Minister and US President Trump in June. There is no question of any mediation on Kashmir issue,' he said

Singh also asserted that when India talks to Pakistan, it will not be limited to the issue of Kashmir, but also include Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

US President Trump had on Monday claimed that Prime Minister Modi had asked him to play the role of a mediator on Kashmir.

The defence minister said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was present at the Trump-Modi meeting held on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Osaka and his statement is the 'most authentic' on the issue.

The external affairs minister had already made a statement in both houses of Parliament on Tuesday, making it clear that the prime minister had made no such request to the US President.

Earlier, during Question Hour, the Congress, DMK and a few other parties came to the well demanding presence of Modi in the House and a statement from him.

They were continuously engaged in sloganeering, trying to disrupt the proceeding of the House.

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