Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump are set to meet at the G7 Summit in France on Monday, where Trump will reportedly press the Indian premier to lift a communications blackout in occupied Kashmir and show “utmost restraint”.
A senior US administration official said, “The President will likely want to hear from Prime Minister Modi how he plans to reduce regional tensions and uphold respect for human rights for Kashmir, as part of India’s role as the world s largest democracy.”
“The President is likely to stress the need for dialogue among all sides of the conflict and his hope that India would lift the communications and movement restrictions in Kashmir and exercise the utmost restraint in dealing with potential protests,” the official said.
On August 5, Modi’s Hindu-nationalist government revoked the autonomy of the Muslim-majority territory where tens of thousands of people have been martyred in an uprising against Indian occupation since 1989.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump has once against offered to mediate the Kashmir issue, long a flashpoint between India and Pakistan. Trump said he would raise the matter over the weekend with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who the US has urged to act to ease tensions in Jammu and Kashmir.
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