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Pranab Rejects Obama’s Proposal for Clinton-Mediation on Kashmir Issue  


Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday has rejected any efforts on the part of the USA to mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue.

Mukherjee's statement came as a response to the media reports that US president-elect Barack Obama was speculating on appointing former U.S. President Bill Clinton as a special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir. Pranab Mukherjee said that Kashmir problem remains as a bilateral problem between these two countries and that they were trying to resolve the problem in the context of Simla agreement, subsequent Lahore agreement, series of discussions which have taken place and currently within the framework of composite dialogue.

The Indian External Affairs minister was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of curtain raiser function of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for MultiSectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) summit held at Kolkata.

During a recent interview, Obama had suggested that the United States should try to help resolve the Kashmir dispute so that Pakistan can focus on hunting down Islamist militants on its north-western frontier- who in turn threaten stability in Afghanistan.

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