Hours after US President Donald Trump reiterated his offer to mediate on the border dispute between India and China, saying he spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is not in a “good mood” over the “big conflict”, sources in the Indian government denied any “recent contact” between the two leaders. Sources said, there has been no recent contact between PM Modi and President Trump. The last conversation between them was on April 4, 2020, on the subject of hydroxychloroquine.
US President Trump, while speaking with the reporters in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, said a “big conflict” was going on between India and China. Referring to Modi, President Trump said, I like your prime minister a lot. He is a great gentleman.
On being asked if he was worried about the border situation between India and China, Trump said, Have a big conflict …India and China. Two countries with 1.4 billion people each. Two countries with very powerful militaries. India is not happy and probably China is not happy. I can tell you; I did speak to Prime Minister Modi. He is not in a good mood about what is going on with China,” Trump said.
A day earlier, the president offered to mediate between India and China. Trump on Wednesday said in a tweet that he was “ready, willing and able to mediate” between the two countries. However, an Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said that we are engaged with the Chinese side to peacefully resolve it. China has also rejected Trump’s offer to mediate. Reacting to the US President’s offer, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the two countries did not want the “intervention” from a third party to resolve the military standoff.