New Delhi: Government sources have refuted the claim made by Donald Trump in Washington that he spoke to PM Modi over India’s ongoing border row with China in Eastern Ladakh. There has been no recent contact between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, government sources said on Friday
“There has been no recent contact between PM Modi and US President Trump. The last conversation between them was on 4 April 2020, on the subject of Hydroxychloroquine,” said sources The Ministry of External Affairs had also made it clear on Thursday that they are directly in touch with China through established mechanisms and diplomatic contacts.
President Trump made the claim on Thursday while interacting with journalists in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, “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.” Also Read| PM Modi Not In ‘Good Mood’ Over Border Row With China, Says Trump; Reiterates Mediation Offer
“They 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,” the president said when asked if he was worried about the border situation between India and China.
He added: “They like me in India. I think they like me in India more than the media likes me in this country. And, I like Modi. I like your prime minister a lot. He is a great gentleman. 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. India on Wednesday said it was engaged with China to peacefully resolve the border row, reacting to Trump’s offer to mediate between the two Asian giants.