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US President Donald Trump to meet PM Modi, Imran Khan in same week

Washington | US President Donald Trump will be meeting Prime Minister Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan in the same week within a span of a few days.

On Monday Trump said he will be meeting the prime ministers of India and Pakistan soon, even as he maintained that tension between the two Asian countries had reduced, reported PTI.

While Trump will address Indian-Americans, along with PM Modi, at the “Howdy Modi!” event in Houston on September 22, the American president did not say when or where will he be meeting PM Khan.

“I’ll see Prime Minister Modi and I will — we’ll — be meeting with (prime ministers of) India and Pakistan,” Trump told reporters in response to a question at the White House on Monday.

There are speculations that President Trump will meet Pakistan PM at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, which will be held in the coming weeks.

Without mentioning Kashmir, Trump said a “lot of progress has been made in reducing tension” between India and Pakistan.

The “Howdy, Modi!” event would the first time that an American president addresses thousands of Indian-Americans at one place in the US.

It comes ahead of the 2020 presidential elections in the US in which the influential Indian-American community members are expected to play a greater role.

Tensions between India and Pakistan had reached its peak after India scrapped Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan had strongly criticised the move, calling it “illegal”, while India has consistently maintained that it is an internal matter.

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