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Trump Advises India, Pakistan to Reduce Tensions in Call with Leaders

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump has said, that he spoke with the leaders of Pakistan and India on August 19 on easing tensions in Kashmir, a disputed region both countries claim as their own, RFE/RL reported Tuesday.
“Spoke to my two good friends Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan, regarding trade, strategic partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir.
“A tough situation, but good conversations!” Trump tweeted on August 19.
It was Khan’s second conversation with Trump in three days.
Pakistan wants a UN observer mission “dispatched forthwith” to Indian-administered Kashmir and for a curfew there to be canceled “immediately,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in Islamabad.
Trump’s phone calls to the leaders came amid reports that Indian troops on August 18 fired across the Line of Control in Kashmir, killing two civilians and wounding one.
Pakistan and India often exchange fire in the Himalayan region, but tensions have increased since August 5, when New Delhi canceled the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, cut off Internet and phone services, and strictly limited the movements by the public.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said on August 19 that civilian casualties occurred the previous day because of “unprovoked cease-fire violations” by India in the border villages of Hot Spring and Chirikot.
Pakistan summoned an Indian envoy and lodged an official protest over continued cease-fire violations, which “are a threat to regional peace.”
Two out of the three wars Pakistan and India have fought since gaining independence from Britain in 1947 were over control of Kashmir.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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