Trump Again Offers to Mediate Between India and Pakistan on Kashmir


"These arrests have been made in the areas where there has been intensifying stone pelting in the last few days", the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

"And, dare we offer, resuming trade and recognising the benefits of opening each of their economies to the other". The decision by the Hindu nationalist government in New Delhi has raised tensions with Pakistan and touched off anger in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.

KELEMEN: President Trump on Friday spoke with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Modi reiterated India's commitment to cooperate with anyone who followed this path, in fighting poverty, illiteracy and disease. Mr Trump is expected to push Mr Khan to pressure the Taleban into signing a permanent ceasefire in Afghanistan.

On Sunday, there were also confrontations between "hundreds" of residents and Indian security forces in Srinagar, the largest city in Indian Kashmir, the only Muslim-majority area in the country, the News International reported.

Speaking to reporters, the official maintained that the United States was encouraging both countries to find a way to constructive engagement and the (US) president's direct involvement underscores the level of interest - not in mediating per se - but in being the kind of friend that is encouraging its partners in the region to engage constructively.

"The issue was raised in the UNSC after five decades and a discussion took place on the matter - that is a major development, especially since India tried its utmost to keep it from happening", Qureshi said. But Trump's comments are mostly optics.

Meanwhile, Pakistan on Monday accused India of waging "fifth-generation warfare" by failing to inform Islamabad about the release of water from a dam that could cause flooding across the border.

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Prime Minister Modi pointed out that terrorism had plagued all parts of the world, including India and Europe.

"What Pakistan has long resisted accepting is that the country's most serious existential threat is not India; it is internal extremists, together with inadequately developed economic opportunities", they note.

After his 30-minute conversation with Modi, Trump held a telephonic conversation with Khan, the second in less than a week.

During his conversation, Prime Minister Modi recalled their meeting in Osaka on the sidelines of G-20 summit earlier this year. The phone call was marked by the warmth and cordiality which characterises the relations between the two leaders, an MEA statement said.

"We were in close contact with our colleagues at the Indian High Commission throughout the day", said a spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

But India strongly denied the statement, while Pakistan warmly welcomed it.

Islamabad announced it was going to approach the ICJ on India's withdrawal of the autonomy of disputed Jammu Kashmir region earlier this month.