The United States President Donald Trump had a telephonic conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, asked him to “moderate rhetoric” with India over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, as an initiative to reduce tensions.
President Trump’s call with PM Khan takes place with in a week, which came soon after a 30-minutes discussion with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the Indian Prime Minister has raised the issue of “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence” by Pakistani leaders.
President Trump had a telephonic conversation with PM Khan to discuss “the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” said the White House in a readout of the call.
During the telephonic conversation, the US President has “reaffirmed the need to avoid escalation of the situation, and urged restraint” on both sides, said the White House.
Both the top leaders also decided to work towards US-Pakistan economic and trade cooperation, said the White House.
In a telephonic conversation with President Trump, PM Modi has highlighted the significance of creating an environment free from violence and terror and eschewing cross-border terrorism without exception, said the PMO in a statement.
It continued that, “in the context of the regional situation, the prime minister stated that extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace.”
Indian has announced to scrapp Article 370 of the Constitution, which offered ‘special status’ to Jammu and Kashmir, and divided the state into two seperate Union Territories, evoked strong comments from Pakistan.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said that President Trump has spoken with PM Modi to “discuss regional developments” and the US-India strategic partnership.
He has further detailed the significance of reducing tensions between Pakistan and India, and also to maintain peace in the region, said Mr. Gidley.
“The two leaders further discussed how they will continue to strengthen United States-India economic ties through increased trade, and they look forward to meeting again soon,” added Mr. Gidley.