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May be Modi meant meditate and Trump heard mediate: Salman Khurshid

Confusion between ‘mediate’ and ‘meditate’ might have led U.S. President Donald Trump to believe that India wanted him to intervene in the Kashmir issue, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid quipped on Thursday.

India has denied Trump’s claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested him to mediate between India and Pakistan for resolving the Kashmir issue.

Khurshid was speaking at the launch of his book Visible Muslim, Invisible Citizen: Understanding Islam in Indian Democracy in Mumbai on Thursday.

Referring to the controversy, the former External Affairs Minister said in a lighter vein, “May be Prime Minister Modi wanted to say why don’t you meditate for Yoga, and he thought Modi was asking to mediate.”

“It was a problem of communication. But diplomacy is all about communication and if you are not able to communicate properly, what kind of diplomacy you are having,” he added.

The Congress leader praised External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, citing his track record as a diplomat.

“He has a very outstanding record and we have

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