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White House says US-India ties are ‘good and growing’ days after Trump’s Kashmir remark

US President Trump's statement that Prime Minister Modi asked him to mediate on Kashmir stirred a controversy with India denying the claim.

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Washington: The United States has a very good and growing relationship with India, the White House said on Thursday.

“We have a very good and growing relationship with (Prime Minister) Mr (Narendra) Modi and the Indian government,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters during a press gaggle.

She was responding to a question on the denial by the Indian government that Modi requested President Donald Trump to mediate or arbitrate on the Kashmir issue.

Earlier this week, Trump stunned India during a joint media availability with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan by saying that Modi had asked for such a mediation. Trump said Modi asked for this during their meeting last month in Japan on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.

India’s External affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said Modi never asked for it and the issue of Kashmir was never discussed between the two leaders. India says Kashmir is a bilateral issue.

Also read: Donald Trump is wrong 95% of times, his claims about Modi on Kashmir can’t be any different


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