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Trump may discuss Kashmir human rights issue with Modi at G-7 despite India’s position

India has repeatedly maintained that moves on Kashmir are purely internal in nature and two other P-5 states France and Russia adhere to India’s position.

, ET Bureau|
Aug 24, 2019, 02.11 PM IST
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President Trump will likely want to hear how Prime Minister Modi intends to calm regional tensions in light of this significant move,” the source informed.
Biarritz: Kashmir and trade issues will dominate PM Narendra Modi’s meeting with the US President here on Monday on the sidelines of G-7 Summit as Donald Trump has time signalled to discuss human rights issue in Kashmir.

India has repeatedly maintained that moves on Kashmir are purely internal in nature and two other P-5 states France and Russia adhere to India’s position. Trump has been signalling to mediate but India has opposed such a move as it is the issue is bilateral in nature between Delhi and Islamabad.

“President Trump is very much looking forward to his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Modi, where they will discuss the strategic partnership and how they can cooperate more closely on issues like defense cooperation, counterterrorism, and trade,” US government sources said, adding, “We expect the two leaders to build on the very productive discussions they had in Osaka at the G20, as well as the phone call that they held earlier this week. They will look for solutions on the trade front. The U.S. is looking to India to reduce tariffs and open its markets.”

“We do expect the issue of India-Pakistan relations to come up. 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 for Kashmir, as part of India’s role as the world’s largest democracy,” an US government source said.

“India’s decision to rescind Article 370 in Kashmir is an internal decision, but certainly with regional implications. And President Trump will likely want to hear how Prime Minister Modi intends to calm regional tensions in light of this significant move,” the source informed.

@The President is likely to stress the need for dialogue among all sides of the conflict and his hope that India would lift the communications and movement restrictions in Kashmir and exercise the utmost restraint in dealing with potential protests. And certainly, President Trump is also calling on Pakistan to prevent the infiltration of militants across the line of control that divides Kashmir and to crack down on groups on its territory that have attacked India in the past,” a US government source said, adding, “...the United States is watching the situation in Kashmir very closely. We're continuing to call for calm and restraint, including on rhetoric. But we note the broader implications of the developments in Jammu and Kashmir, and the potential for increased stability in the region. So the President is very focused on this situation, these issues. And what he has indicated -- that he is ready to assist if both sides are interested in helping to reduce their tensions. But we just note that India has not requested any formal mediation. But the President has said, you know, he's friends with both leaders -- both Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan and Prime Minister Modi of India. And he stands ready to assist if they both would like him to do so.”

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