WASHINGTON: Terming Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian Premier Narendra Modi his “friends”, United States President Donald Trump affirmed he had progressive conversations with both leaders.
In a Twitter message, POTUS wrote that the escalating tensions between both Pakistan and India over Kashmir was “a tough situation”.
Trump said that he held talks pertaining to trade, strategic partnerships and most significantly on reducing tensions in Kashmir.
Spoke to my two good friends, Prime Minister Modi of India, and Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan, regarding Trade, Strategic Partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir. A tough situation, but good conversations!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019
During PM Imran’s meeting at the Oval Office in Washington with Donald Trump in July, the latter had affirmed his role as a mediator between Pakistan and India to resolve the prolonged Kashmir dispute.
On Monday, the US President spoke with Indian Prime Minister Modi, urging a reduction of tension between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region.
“The president conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and maintaining peace in the region,” White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
“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.”
Modi called Trump at a time when his governments’ imposed curfew in Kashmir valley entered in the 16th day as the entire area has become open jail for the dwellers.