US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed prospects for building economic ties over the telephone on Monday. This is stated in a White House message.
“President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the development of the situation in the region and bilateral strategic partnership, the administration informed. President Trump noted the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and maintaining peace in the region.”
“The parties also considered how economic relations can be strengthened through the expansion of trade,” the report says. “The leaders are looking forward to a new meeting soon.”
The conversation between Modi and Trump took place against the backdrop of the worsening relations of India with neighboring Pakistan, caused by the decision of New Delhi to abolish the state of Jammu and Kashmir and create two union territories in this region (administrative units that have less rights than the state). To this end, the Indian parliament approved the abolition of article 370 of the constitution, which gave the state special status. Islamabad condemned such a decision. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday called on the international community to assess how safe India’s nuclear arsenal is.