Donald Trump on talks with PM Modi, Imran Khan: US President Donald Trump has told he spoke with “two good friends.”
PM Modi and Imran Khan and urged them to “work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir” after his calls to the leaders.
The telephone conversations between the leaders have come amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.After New Delhi’s decision on Aug 5 to revoke Kashmir’s special status and divided the state into two Union territories.
“Spoke to my two good friends, PM Modi of India, and PM Khan of Pakistan, regarding Trade, Strategic Partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards decreasing tensions in Kashmir. A difficult situation, but good conversations!” Trump tweeted.
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Trump’s call with Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan, the 2nd in less than a week, came soon after a 30-minute discussion with Modi on Monday. During which the Indian leader said that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence” wasn’t conducive to peace.
A White House statement said Trump on talks with Modi Imran Khan in his conversation with Modi had “conveyed the importance of decreasing tensions between India and Pakistan and having peace in the region”.
With Imran Khan, Trump talked about the “the need to overcome tensions and moderate discourse with India over the place in Jammu and Kashmir,” the White House said in a readout of the call.
Over the past few days, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has frequently accused India of having plans to trigger a military conflict in Kashmir and also saying that his country’s army had information that the Indian government proposed to “take action” in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
India has refused these allegations and described the changes in Kashmir as merely an internal matter.
India has for long linked any engagement to Pakistan, completing its support for terror groups based on its soil. The Indian authority has reiterated this condition in the wake of the changes in Kashmir.
India earlier this month had abolished the terms of Article 370 on the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan.
Trump’s phone conversation with Modi was the first meeting between the two leaders since the US president triggered a storm by offering, during a July 22 conference with Khan, to reflect on the Kashmir issue. Since then.
the US administration has explained that there has been no change in its position on Kashmir, which should be managed bilaterally by India and Pakistan.