With Donald Trump referencing twice within a month his desire to ‘mediate’ in the Kashmir issue and US State Department later rethinking it to ‘prepared to help whenever wanted’, New Delhi and Washington look prepared to talk about the issue when the US President meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi a little after noon on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France on Monday.
PM Modi To Attend G7 Summit in Biarritz, France on Monday
US was probably the most grounded supporter in the closed discussions on Kashmir called at the command of Pakistan’s partner China at the UN Security Council. India had conveyed that since the perusing down of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is an internal issue and made little difference to the status of the Line of Control (LoC), issues can be reciprocally settled among India and Pakistan as chose almost five decades back.
While both the US and France supported India’s position, the two nations gave a close synchronous call before the end of last week to lift correspondence confinements in Kashmir.
Speaking about the Modi-Trump meeting, a senior US official said on Saturday that “India’s decision to rescind Article 370 in Kashmir is an internal decision, but certainly with regional implications. And President Trump will likely want to hear how Prime Minister Modi intends to calm regional tensions in light of this significant move.”
Responding to a query by News18, the US State Department had said, “The United States has a longstanding interest in reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and creating an environment conducive for dialogue.”
This clarity is intelligent of the way that as the US attempts to end up the Afghan peace process, it doesn’t need different issues springing up in the area that could have a heading on it, a contention that has been driven to a great extent by the account worked by Pakistan. India has been keeping up that Pakistan is attempting to depict an “alarming” picture by minimizing discretionary ties, snapping people-to-people contact and preparing a talk on Kashmir all around.
In the meantime, the US has likewise clarified that a discussion on trade will likewise be on the table. Trump and Modi had chosen in Osaka to reduce the friction by permitting trade groups to resolve issues. A meeting that was being gotten ready for August-end between Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is yet to occur. A USTR group had visited India in July, and as indicated by CEO of US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), Dr. Mukesh Aghi, the meeting went off easily with the expectation that duty issues can be settled.