New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Two days after US President Donald Trump again said that he is ready mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, New Delhi on Thursday said that there is no role for any third party in issue and it needs to be resolved ‘bilaterally’.

Addressing a press conference, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the onus is on Islamabad to create an environment that is free from terror, hostility and violence for engagement.

“Our position on the Kashmir issue and third party mediation has been very clear and consistent. Let me reiterate that there is no role for any third party in this matter,” Kumar, quoted by news agency ANI, said.

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“If there are any bilateral issues between India and Pakistan that needs to be discussed, it should be done between the two countries under provisions of Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration. But onus is on Pakistan to create such conducive conditions - free from terror, hostility and violence,” Kumar added.

This came two days after US President Donald Trump met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at Davos and said that the US was watching the developments related to Kashmir ‘very closely’ and repeated his offer to ‘help’ resolve the matter.

“We're talking about Kashmir and the relation to what's going on with Pakistan and India. And if we can help, we certainly will be helping. And we've been watching that and following it very, very closely,” Trump had said.

“The Pakistan-India conflict is a very big issue for us in Pakistan and we expect the US to always play its part in deescalating the tensions, because no other country can,” he added.

President Trump has repeatedly offered to mediate following India's August 5 decision to revoke the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan which has been trying to internationalise the issue.

New Delhi has defended its move, saying Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the issue was strictly internal to the country, and the special status provisions only gave rise to terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

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