India did not consult on Kashmir issue: US official

India did not consult on Kashmir issue: US official

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Reuters Photo

The US on Wednesday strongly refuted news reports that India had informed it before revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Multiple media reports from the US and India said that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had informed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the Indian decision on Jammu and Kashmir when they met in Bangkok last week.

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"Contrary to press reporting, the Indian government did not consult or inform the US Government before moving to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status," Acting Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells tweeted.

India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

India has maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part and the issue is strictly internal to the country.