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Modi-Trump meeting: Big diplomatic win for India as US concedes Kashmir a bilateral issue

G7 Summit: This would be the second meeting between PM Modi and President Trump this year. Earlier, the two leaders had met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

Modi-Trump meeting: Big diplomatic win for India as US concedes Kashmir a bilateral issue
PM Modi meets Donald Trump. (ANI)

G7 Summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump met today in Biarritz in France on the sidelines of the G7 Summit. Addressing the media, the US President Donald Trump during bilateral meet 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.”

In response to a question on Kashmir, Prime Minister Modi said that all the issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral in nature. “That is why we don’t bother any other country regarding them. India and Pakistan, that were one in before 1947, I believe can find solutions to all our bilateral issues.” Trump later said that all the issues between India and Pakistan are bilateral in nature and both the leaders can find solutions to the issues.

This was the second meeting between PM Modi and President Trump this year. Earlier, the two leaders had met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

The meeting assumes significance as it comes in the backdrop of Trump’s latest remarks on Kashmir. Though the US has reaffirmed that there was no change in its Kashmir policy and that it was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, Trump had said that he was ready to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. The issue is likely to figure during talks when Modi and Trump meet in Biarritz.

Earlier this week in Washington, Trump had said that he would discuss the situation in Kashmir with PM Modi and help ease the Indo-Pak tensions when they meet at the G7 Summit in France.

 

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First published on: 26-08-2019 at 11:07:09 am