With Donald Trump referencing double within a month his excitement to ‘mediate’ in the Kashmir issue and USA State Department later rephrasing it to ‘ready to serve if desired’,
G7 Summit: New Delhi and Administration look available to discuss the matter when the US President meets Modi a little afternoon on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France on Monday.
US was one of India’s most active supporters in the closed meetings on Kashmir asked at the direction of Pakistan’s ally China at the UN Security Council.
India had said that because the reading down of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu, Kashmir, is an internal matter and had no presence on the state of the Line of Control (LoC), effects can be bilaterally moved between India and Pakistan as planned nearly 5-decades ago.
While both the US and France helped India’s position, both countries gave a near-simultaneous call late last week to lift communication limitations in Kashmir.
Talking about the Modi-Trump meeting, a senior US official said on Saturday that “India’s decision to rescind Article 370 in Kashmir is internal, but positively with regional associations. And President Trump order likely want to hear how Prime Minister Modi intends to calm regional tensions in light of this significant move.
Replying to a query by News18, the US State Department had said, “The United States has a long-standing interest in reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and creating an environment conducive for dialogue.”
This is reflective of the fact that as the US tries to conclude the Afghan peace process.
it doesn’t want other issues cropping up in the region that could have a bearing on it, an argument that has been primarily driven by the narrative built by Pakistan.
India has been maintaining that Pakistan is trying to portray an “alarming” picture by downgrading strategic ties, snapping people-to-people contact and whipping up rhetoric on Kashmir globally.
Meanwhile, the US has also made it clear that a discussion on trade will also be on the table. Trump and Modi had decided in Osaka to reduce the friction by allowing trade teams to resolve issues. A meeting that was being planned for August-end between Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is set to take place.
A USTR team had visited India in July, and according to CEO of US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).
Dr Mukesh Aghi, the meeting went off smoothly with the hope that tariff issues can be resolved.
Some officials in the Indian government also believe that as Robert Lighhizer deals with the US-China trade war, India.
with its significant market could be a direct beneficiary provided, it manages to resolve its issues with America.
Trump had recently in Pennsylvania said that he would pull out of the WTO, saying countries like China and India were taking advantage of the ‘developing countries’ tag.
even though statistics show that the US has the upper hand in trade disputes being resolved in its kindness at the World Trade Organisation.