PM Modi might have asked to meditate and Trump assumed to mediate

On Thursday, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said interference among ‘mediate’ and ‘meditate’ might have managed US President Donald Trump to accept that India needed him to mediate in the Kashmir issue.

India has rejected Trump’s allegation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to interfere settling India and Pakistan for settling the Kashmir issue. Khurshid was talking at the launch of his book “Visible Muslim, Invisible Citizen: Understanding Islam in Indian Democracy”.

He said, prime minister, Modi said to meditate, and Trump assumed he was requested to mediate.”

“It was a problem of communication. But diplomacy is all about communication and if you are not able to communicate properly, what kind of diplomacy you are having,” he added.

The Congress leader glorified external affairs minister S Jaishankar, calling his track experience as a diplomat. “He has a very outstanding record and we have such a bright foreign minister, who has left a remarkable legacy behind him (as foreign secretary). But I can say only sorry for him,” Khurshid added.

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