US Official Says, US President Will Want To Hear PM's Plan To Ease Regional Tension

US Official Says, US President Will Want To Hear PM

US Official Says, US President Will Want To Hear PM's Plan To Ease Regional Tension 

New Delhi: The US President Donald Trump will likely want to hear how PM Modi plans to "reduce regional tensions" in the aftermath of India's decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir and split it into two union territories, a White House official said. The two leaders will meet in France this weekend. The officials also said that Washington is "very closely" monitoring the situation.

"The president 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, as part of India's role as the world's largest democracy," the official said, requesting anonymity.

The President of the United States is "ready to assist" India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue if both the countries ask for it, the White House said on Thursday, reiterating what the US President has said more than once.

PM Modi and Trump will meet in France this weekend on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

"The United States is watching the situation in Kashmir very closely. We are continuing to call for calm and restraint, including on rhetoric," the senior Trump administration official said.

The official said that the President of the United States is "very focused" on the situation in Kashmir. "What he (Trump) has indicated that he is ready to assist if both sides are interested in helping to reduce their tension. But we just know that India has not requested any formal mediation," the official said.

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He is also calling on Pakistan to prevent infiltration of terrorists across the Line of Control and to crack down on groups on its territory that have attacked India in the past," said the official.

The White House officials remarks came on a day French President Emmanuel Macron said India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and no third party should "interfere or incite" violence in the region. PM Modi and Macron held one-on-one in France on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump, once again, offered to mediate on Kashmir, saying: "Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have Hindus and you have the Muslims and I wouldn't say they get along so great...I will do the best I can to mediate....you have two counties that haven't gotten along well for a long time and frankly, it's a very explosive situation."

Trump had spoken to both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani premier Imran Khan day before. He also indicated that he would take up the subject when he meets PM Modi over the weekend in France for a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised nations.

Islamabad has been attempting to gather support from the world for its stand against India's decision to decide on Jammu and Kashmir.

India has, however, made it clear to the US that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and there was no role for a third party.

(With inputs from PTI)

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