U.S. President Donald Trump has called Imran Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister and asked to “moderate rhetoric” with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir to reduce tension.
Trump discussed “the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” to Khan through telephone, the White House said in a readout of the call.
Throughout the conversation, Trump “reaffirmed the need to avoid escalation of the situation, and urged restraint” on both sides, the White House said.
Trump’s call with Khan — the second in less than a week — came soon after a 30-minute conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 19, during which the Indian leader raised the issue “extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence” by leaders of Pakistan.
“In his telephonic conversation with Trump, Modi highlighted the importance of creating an environment free from terror and violence and eschewing cross-border terrorism without exception,” a Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) release said in New Delhi.
“The two leaders further discussed how they will continue to strengthen United States-India economic ties through increased trade, and they look forward to meeting again soon,” said White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley.