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Will meet Prime Ministers of India, Pakistan soon: Trump

Not clear when US President will meet Imran Khan
Donald Trump

PTI   |   Washington   |   Published 17.09.19, 04:18 AM

US President Donald Trump on Monday said he would meet the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan soon even as he maintained that tension between the two Asian countries had reduced.

Trump will address Indian-Americans along with Narendra Modi at the Howdy, Modi! event in Houston on September 22, but the American President did not say when or where he will meet Imran Khan.

“I’ll see Prime Minister Modi and I will -- we'll -- be meeting with (the Prime Ministers of) India and Pakistan,” Trump told reporters in response to a question at the White House on Monday.

According to Trump’s schedule, he could meet the Pakistani Prime Minister on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York later this month.

After addressing an expected crowd of more than 50,000 Indian-Americans at the Howdy, Modi! event, Trump will travel to Ohio and then is expected to fly to New York to attend the annual General Assembly of the United Nations.

Without mentioning Kashmir, Trump said a “lot of progress has been made in reducing tension” between India and Pakistan.

Tension has escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Reacting to India's move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian high commissioner.

The Howdy, Modi! event would be the first time when an American President addresses thousands of Indian-Americans at one place in the US.

It comes ahead of the 2020 US presidential elections in which an influential Indian-American community is expected to play a greater role.

India's ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, has called Trump's participation “historic” and “unprecedented”. “It is reflective of the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that has developed between India and the US,” Shringla said.

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