Govt sources counter Trump's claim of chat with PM on China

New Delhi: Hours after U.S President Donald Trump said he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 'he is not in a good mood on what is going on in China', top government sources contradicted the claim, asserting that there had been no recent interaction between the two leaders.

"There has been no recent contact between PM Modi and U.S 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 that we're directly in touch with China through established mechanisms and diplomatic contacts," they said.

President Trump made the startling claim on Thursday while reiterating his offer to mediate between India and China on what he called a 'big conflict' going on between the two nations.

"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," the U.S President said during an interaction in the White House.

"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. Desk: Asianet Online