Wednesday, 18 September 2019 04:04 GMT

Trump and Modi to discuss Kashmir on the sidelines of G-7 summit

(MENAFN - NewsIn.Asia) New Delhi, August 23 (Hindustan Times): The Unites States on Thursday said India's decision on Article 370 for the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an internal matter but has regional implications and President Donald Trump expects to hear from Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they meet on the margins of the upcoming G-7 meetings what he plans to do to reduce regional tensions and uphold human rights in the state.

A senior administration official who briefed reporters on President Trump's agenda for the summit Saturday also said the president is also calling for Pakistan to prevent cross-border infiltration across the LoC and stop groups bases on its soil that have attacked India in the past.

The official said the issue of India-Pakistan relations are expected to come up, and President Trump 'will likely want to hear from Prime Minister Modi on how he plans to reduce regional tensions and uphold respect for human rights in Kashmir '.

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has complained once again about the lack of response from India to his calls for talks and warned of an escalation in tensions between two nuclear-armed countries, deploying a scripted alarmist ploy Pakistan uses to get the world's attention in its pursuit of third-party mediation on the Kashmir issue .

Several analysts have pointed out that Pakistan feigns frustration to divert focus from the key Indian pre-condition that it must first stop supporting terrorism.

'There is no point in talking to them,' Khan told the New York Times in an interview in Islamabad. 'I mean, I have done all the talking. Unfortunately, now when I look back, all the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement.'

'There is nothing more that we can do.'

India's decision to rescind Article 370 in Kashmir is an ' internal decision but certainly with regional implications '. President Trump is also expected to 'stress the need for for dialogue among all sides of the conflict and lift restrictions currently in place in Kashmir.

On the American leader's offer to mediate the Kashmir dispute, the official said the president is ready to 'assist if both sides are interested in helping to reduce their tensions' and India and Pakistan wanted him to. The official also acknowledged, for the first time perhaps by a US offical, that 'India has not requested any formal mediation'.

At a press interaction with visiting Prime Minister Imran Khan in July, President Trump had first offered to mediate and has wrongly claimed even Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted him to. India had both denied that claimed and dismissed the mediation offer saying the Kashmir dispute can only be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan and only after the later ceased supporting terrorism.

Trump has since made that mediation offer twice. But the senior official has now described it as an offer to 'assist' and only if both countries wanted.

The two leaders will also discuss strategic ties, trade relation and count-terrorism and 'look for solutions on the trade front'. The United States has been pressing India to lower tariff and open its markets. Trade is an ongoing discussion between the two countries and it had come up their last meeting as well, in Osaka, Japan on the margins of the G-20 summit.


Trump and Modi to discuss Kashmir on the sidelines of G-7 summit

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