During the call, Engel “reaffirmed that in order for dialogue to be meaningful, Pakistan must first take concrete and irreversible steps to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure” on its soil, the statement said.
In a joint statement, Congressman George Holding and Congressman Brad Sherman, who are Co-Chairs of Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, asserted that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. “Consistent with decades of US policy, we believe the dispute over Kashmir must be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan. The Republic of India is one of America’s closest and most important allies, and we look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi and Indian officials to combat terrorism and extremism throughout the region,”the two influential lawmakers said in their joint statement.
Earlier Monday, during a meeting with Pakistan PM Imran Khan at the Oval Office, Trump told reporters that PM Modi sought his mediation in the Kashmir issue and that he was ready for it. In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs rejected Trump’s claim that Modi ever asked for mediation on Kashmir. The Democratic-controlled House Foreign Affairs Committee also issued a Fact Check. “The Indians confirm they never asked Trump to mediate on Kashmir,” the powerful Congressional committee tweeted.