US President Donald Trump is likely to hear from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on how he plans to reduce regional tensions and uphold respect for human rights in Kashmir, a senior US administration official said on Thursday.
The official further said that Trump is also calling for Pakistan to prevent cross-border infiltration across the LoC and stop terror groups’ bases on its soil that have attacked India in the past.
Donald Trump had on Tuesday once again offered to mediate on the Kashmir issue.
After speaking with the leaders of both the countries and urging them to reduce tensions over the Valley, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the weekend at the G7 in France, and he would do his best to mediate in the issue.
On Monday, Trump spoke with his “two good friends” Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan and urged them to work towards reducing tensions over Kashmir. He also advised Pakistan to “moderate its rhetoric with India” over Kashmir.
However, toning down on the mediation offer, a top White House official on Thursday said that Donald Trump is “ready to assist” India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue if both sides ask for it, while underlining that the US President is “very focused” on the situation in the Valley in view of its “broader implications”.
Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories on August 5.
“The United States is watching the situation in Kashmir very closely. We are continuing to call for calm and restraint, including on rhetoric,” a senior administration official said on Thursday ahead of the bilateral meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in France over the weekend.
India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.
Trump has twice before, said that he was ready to mediate in the Kashmir dispute.