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#Trump stresses in phone calls to #Imran, #Modi, need to decrease tension between India and Pakistan

United States President Donald Trump on Monday spoke with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian premier Narendra Modi, urging a reduction of tension between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.

“The US president conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and maintaining peace in the region,” White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said in a statement on Trump’s call with Modi.

“Through enhanced trade, the two rulers [ Trump and Modi ] further addressed how they will continue to reinforce financial connections between the US and India and look forward to meeting again shortly.”

Qureshi, in a press briefing in Islamabad on Monday, said Trump called Modi after his talk with Prime Minister Imran on Aug 16, in which the premier had taken the US leader into confidence prior to the United Nations Security Council meeting on occupied Kashmir.

Trump in the call today expressed desire in lowering tensions between Pakistan and India, said Qureshi.

“Prime Minister Khan told Trump that a curfew has been in place across Indian-occupied Kashmir for the last 15 days. The prime minister had said that as per our information, thousands of Kashmiris including [the local] leadership had been detained and several of them had also been sent out of Indian-occupied Kashmir,” he said while talking about the latest discussion between the two leaders.

The premier had told Trump, according to the foreign minister, that according to his point of view, the scenario in occupied Kashmir deserved visits from human rights organizations by observers.

He cited the Prime Minister as stating that India should respect international law and its obligations to the international community.

“We are anticipating a [occupied Kashmir] humanitarian crisis in the making,” he said, adding that the curfew in the region should be lifted and limitations brought to an end.

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