Mike Pompeo (2nd R) shakes hands S. Jaishankar on the sidelines of the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok on Friday. Jonathan Ernst/ AFP
India has again rejected President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate its dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.
India’s foreign minister says he told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that any discussion of the disputed Himalayan region would be between India and Pakistan only. The two men met on Friday on the sidelines of an Asian security forum in Bangkok. India has long refused outside attempts to resolve the conflict while Pakistan has sought international help. The State Department had no immediate comment.
Trump said last month that India’s prime minister had recently asked him whether he would like to be a mediator or arbitrator on Kashmir, which has been the cause of two wars between India and Pakistan, something New Delhi has denied. Trump reiterated his offer to intervene on Thursday.
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Several hours of shooting rocked the Pulwama district, south of Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, after officials said four soldiers, a policeman, three militants and a civilian were killed in the latest clash.
An army major was among the dead, along with three militants from the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group which claimed last week's attack, military and police officials said.
Six senior army men including a brigadier and a lieutenant colonel were injured in the hours-long gun battle, a police official told AFP.
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