Trump calls up Modi, Imran, amid India-Pakistan tensions

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New Delhi/Washington/Islamabad, Aug 20 US President Donald Trump spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and urged them to reduce tensions in the region after New Delhi revoked Article370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Modi conveyed to Trump that “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace”, in an obvious reference to the Pakistani leadership spewing anti-India venom over the Kashmir issue.

Trump said he spoke to his “two best friends”, discussing prospects for improved trade ties with Washington and stressing the need to reduce tensions over Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Days after the UN Security Council backed India in its efforts to bring in development in Kashmir after revoking its special status, Modi held a 30-minute call with Trump on Monday.

PM Modi also highlighted the importance of creating an environment free from terror and violence and eschewing cross-border terrorism without exception, the MEA statement said.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been regularly taking to Twitter to attack Modi, calling him a fascist and racist. Imran Khan has also been alleging that Modi is turning India into a Hindu supremacist country, and that Muslims in India were being disenfranchised and “RSS goons were on the rampage”.

According to a White House readout of the conversation, President Trump spoke with Prime Minister Modi to discuss US-India strategic partnership. He conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and maintaining peace in the region.

The two leaders further discussed how they will continue to strengthen US-India economic ties through increased trade, and they look forward to meeting again soon, the statement said.

Later, Trump called up Imran Khan.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said US President Trump made a call to Imran Khan after his talk with Modi on the prevailing situation in Kashmir.

In a press briefing in Islamabad on Monday, Qureshi said that in response to Imran Khan’s call on 16 August, Donald Trump made a call to Narendra Modi and expressed desire in lowering tensions between Pakistan and India.

Monday’s developments come three days after Imran Khan dialled Trump to voice his concerns over India’s “illegal” move in Kashmir, hours ahead of a UNSC closed-door discussion on Kashmir.

Imran Khan told Trump that New Delhi’s moves on Kashmir posed a threat to regional peace. Trump conveyed to Imran the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tension through bilateral dialogue.

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