Trump calls India, Pak­istan lead­ers

Pres­i­dent stresses need for reduced ten­sions in Kashmir

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US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump spoke with the lead­ers of India and Pak­istan on Mon­day, dis­cussing prospects for im­proved trade ties with Wash­ing­ton and stress­ing the need to re­duce ten­sions over Kashmir be­tween the nu­clear-armed neigh­bors.

“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 to­ward re­duc­ing ten­sions in Kashmir. A tough sit­u­a­tion, but good con­ver­sa­tions!” Trump said in a Twit­ter post.

Relations be­tween Is­lam­abad and New Delhi, al­ready hos­tile, have been fur­ther strained over India’s de­ci­sion this month to re­voke the spe­cial sta­tus of its por­tion of the Kashmir re­gion that both coun­tries claim. Pak­istan re­acted with fury, cut­ting trans­port and trade links and ex­pelling India’s en­voy in re­tal­i­a­tion.

In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi told Trump he was hope­ful that India’s com­merce min­is­ter and the US trade rep­re­sen­ta­tive would meet again to dis­cuss bi­lat­eral trade, the In­dian gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment.

Wash­ing­ton con­firmed that Trump and Modi had spo­ken about trade.

“The two lead­ers fur­ther dis­cussed how they will con­tinue to strengthen United Statesin­dia eco­nomic ties through in­creased trade, and they look for­ward to meet­ing again soon,” the White House said. Trump also stressed dur­ing the call the need to lower ten­sions be­tween India and Pak­istan, it said.

US and In­dian trade ne­go­tia­tors ended talks in July with­out mak­ing ma­jor progress on a range of dis­putes over tar­iffs and other pro­tec­tion­ist mea­sures im­posed by both sides that are strain­ing bi­lat­eral ties, of­fi­cials have told Reuters.

The two sides had re­sumed trade talks af­ter Trump and Modi met on the side­lines of the G20 sum­mit in June and agreed to seek to deepen the two coun­tries’ re­la­tion­ship.

The White House said in a state­ment that Trump also had spo­ken with Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan to “dis­cuss the need to re­duce ten­sions and mod­er­ate rhetoric” with India over the sit­u­a­tion in Kashmir.

“The pres­i­dent reaf­firmed the need to avoid es­ca­la­tion of the sit­u­a­tion and urged re­straint on both sides,” the White House said in a state­ment, adding that Trump and Khan also agreed to work to­gether to strengthen trade and eco­nomic ties.

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