US ‘very closely’ monitors the Kashmir situation: White House

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

23rd Aug, 2019. 01:47 pm
US monitors Kashmir situation

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Donald Trump meet in France this weekend, the US President will likely want to hear how PM Modi plans to “reduce regional tensions” in the aftermath of India’s decision to end special status to J&K and split it into two union territories, a White House official said.

They added that Washington is “very closely” monitoring the situation.

“The president will likely want to hear from Prime Minister Modi on how he plans to reduce regional tensions and uphold respect for human rights in Kashmir, as part of India’s role as the world’s largest democracy,” the official said.

Trump is “ready to assist” India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue if both the countries ask for it, the White House said, reiterating what the US President has said more than once.

PM Modi and Trump will meet in France this weekend on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

“The United States is watching the situation in Kashmir very closely. We are continuing to call for calm and restraint, including on rhetoric,” the senior Trump administration official said.

According to the official, Trump is “Very focused” on the situation in Kashmir. “What Trump has indicated that he is ready to assist if both sides are interested in helping to reduce their tensions. But we just know that India has not requested any formal mediation,” according to the official.

He is also calling on Pakistan to prevent infiltration of terrorists across the Line of Control and to crack down on groups on its territory that have attacked India in the past,” said the official.

The White House officials remarks came on a day French President Emmanuel Macron said India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and no third party should “interfere or incite” violence in the region.

PM Modi and Macron held one-on-one talks in France on Thursday.

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