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Helped reduce India-Pakistan tension: US

Trump lists takeaway from G7
A policeman inspects the bag of a motorcyclist during a security check in Jammu on Tuesday.

PTI   |   Washington   |   Published 27.08.19, 10:47 PM

US President Donald Trump’s efforts to help reduce the India-Pakistan tension is one of the five “big takeaways” from the just-concluded G7 Summit in France, the White House said.

President Trump returned home on Monday from the G7 Summit held in the southwestern French city of Biarritz from August 24 to 26.

In its daily round-up for Monday, the White House said: “The five big takeaways are: A message of unity, securing a billion-dollar trade deal, promoting the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), developing stronger trade with Europe and helping to reduce India-Pakistan tension.”

“In his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, President Trump reaffirmed the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan and also worked to build on the great economic relations between our nations,” it said.

Prime Minister Modi, flanked by President Trump, on Monday said Kashmir was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and “we don't want to trouble any third country.”

“We spoke last night about Kashmir, the Prime Minister really feels he has it (situation) under control... and I’m sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good,” Trump said.

“I have a very good relationship with both the gentlemen (Modi and Imran Khan) and I’m here. I think they can do it (resolve the issue) themselves,” he added.

Trump’s comments on Monday were seen as a step back from his earlier statements. Last month, the US President had said Modi had asked him to mediate on Kashmir, a claim India denied. Before heading to France, Trump again spoke of mediating on the Kashmir issue and stressed he had good relations with Modi and Khan. India did not comment.

In a tweet, the White House said that during the meeting with Modi, Trump acknowledged India’s role as a critical partner in Afghanistan.

“Trump met with world leaders to strengthen our alliances, secure better trade deals, and — as always — keep the interests of the American people front and centre on the global stage,” the White House said. 

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