US President Donald Trump on Monday told the White House reporters that he will be meeting the PM Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan soon, even as he maintained that tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours have reduced. Without mentioning Kashmir, Trump said a "lot of progress has been made in reducing tension" between India and Pakistan.
Last week Donald Trump had stated that the relationship between India and Pakistan is "less heated" now, as compared to what it was two weeks ago. The US President reiterated his offer to mediate between the two Southeast Asian countries only if the neighbours were willing.
"India and Pakistan are having a conflict over Kashmir as you know. I think (it) is a little bit less heated right now than (what) was two weeks ago," Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.
"I get along with both countries very well," Trump ädded while responding to a question on his assessment of the situation between India and Pakistan. "I am willing to help them if they want. They know that. That (offer) is out there.
While Donald Trump will address 50,000 Indian-Americans, alongside PM Modi, at the "Howdy Modi!" event in Houston on September 22, the American president did not say when or where will he be meeting PM Khan.
"I'll see Prime Minister Modi and I will -- we'll -- be meeting with (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.
PM Modi during his bilateral meet with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France set the terms straight over the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. After offering to mediate between the heads of India and Pakistan on multiple occasions, Donald Trump on Monday decided to back off, after admitting New Delhi's stance over mediation with Islamabad.
Donald Trump 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."
During a meeting with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in July, Donald Trump had offered to mediate between the two countries on the issue of Kashmir. New Delhi was quick to reject the offer, saying the Kashmir issue was bilateral. It has also dismissed Trump's astonishing claim that PM Modi had asked him to meditate.