Govt officials deny Trump’s claim of talk with Modi on LAC situation

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2020

There has been no recent contact between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, government sources said on Friday. Sources in New Delhi said the late conversation between the 2 took place on 4th April and that was on the issue of hydroxychloroquine.

Trump said, "I can tell you; I did speak to Prime Minister Modi".

Speaking with the reporters in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, Trump said a "big conflict" was going on between India and China. India and China. Two countries with 1.4 billion people (each).

Trump, on May 27, said in a tweet that he was "ready, willing and able to mediate" between the two countries.

Citing concerns regarding African swine fever (ASF), China has announced that it will put a ban on imports of pigs, wild boar and related products from India.

Trump earlier said, "If they - if they thought it would help if I were the mediator or the arbiter, I would do that".

India said on Thursday it was engaged directly with China to peacefully resolve a border standoff that Indian experts say could set off an unintended conflict, but which Beijing has described as a broadly stable situation.

In its reaction, India on Thursday said it was engaged with China to peacefully resolve the border row, signalling that it was not open to accept the offer of mediation by the United States president.

The Hindu said though that the spokesperson's comments indicated that India would not accept Trump's offer.

There has been no recent contact between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, the sources said. When asked about his "rockstar popularity" in India, Mr. Trump added, "I got back - I know".

Responding to a question on his tweet, Trump reiterated his offer, saying if called for help, "I would do that (mediate)".

"Our engagement on the diplomatic front continues both in Delhi as well as in Beijing", he added. The tension came into sharp focus after reports of clashes between the soldiers of both sides in the Pangong Lake region on May 5 and May 6. At least 10 soldiers from both sides sustained injuries.

Since the beginning of May, tensions between the Asian neighbors have been brewing along the almost 3,500-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Both sides have been asserting that pending the final resolution of the boundary issue, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas.

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