Boosting Indo-US ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had a 30-minute telephone conversation on Monday with US President Donald Trump covering bilateral and regional matters, according to a Government press release.
Referring to their bilateral discussions in Osaka's G-20 Summit held in June, PM Modi spoke about the impending bilateral trade talks between the Commerce Minister of India and the US Trade Representative, hoping for an early meeting, according to the press release.
With the Kashmir region under global focus due to abrogation of Article 370, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of creating an environment free from terror stating:
"Extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace," while reiterating India’s commitment to cooperate with anyone who followed this path, in fighting poverty, illiteracy and disease.
On the hundredth Independence Day of Afghanistan, the statement said that the Prime Minister had reiterated India’s longstanding and unwavering commitment to working for united, secure, democratic and truly independent Afghanistan while appreciating his frequent contact with President Trump.
Recently, after claiming baseless claims that PM Modi had asked his intervention in the Kashmir issue, Trump on Friday conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue on the Kashmir issue during a phone call with Prime Minister Imran Khan, the White House said.
“The President conveyed the importance of India and Pakistan reducing tensions through bilateral dialogue regarding the situation in Jammu and Kashmir," Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to India's decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.