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Modi-Trump meet in France, discuss Kashmir

August 27, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump held talks today on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit in France. The bond shared by the two leaders was evident during a joint media interaction.

Regarding a question about talks between the two leaders, PM Modi answered in Hind, "I think you should let us have the discussions first, then we will let you know whatever is needed." To this President Trump said, "He actually speaks very good English...he just doesn't want to talk." The two leaders then laughed and held each others' hands.

Before this, PM Modi firmly said that all issues between India and Pakistan were bilateral and "that is why we don't bother any other country" on it. Trump has repeatedly offered to mediate between the two countries, and said,

We spoke last night about Kashmir, Prime Minister really feels he has it under control. They speak with Pakistan and I'm sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good. I am good friends with both Prime Ministers, I am here but I think the two can manage it themselves. - Donald Trump, United States President

Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan finds himself in a corner in his country over the failure to get international support on the Kashmir issue. Khan said he would raise the issue at every international forum, including at the United Nations General Assembly. Speaking to his country he said his government will stand by the Kashmiris till India lifts the restrictions in the Valley.

"I have said this that I will act as Kashmir's ambassador. I will tell the world about this, I have shared this with heads of state that I have been in contact with. I will raise this issue at the UN as well," he said while referring to his scheduled address to the UN General Assembly next month. "I read in the newspapers that people are disappointed that Muslim countries are not siding with Kashmir. I want to tell you not to be disappointed; if some countries are not raising this issue because of their economic interests, they will eventually take this issue up. They will have to, with time".

Khan claimed PM Modi had made a "historic blunder" by revoking Kashmir's special status.

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