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All India and Pakistan issues are bilateral in nature: Modi tells at meeting with US President Donald Trump
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All India and Pakistan issues are bilateral in nature: Modi tells at meeting with US President Donald Trump

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 26 Aug 2019, 11:08 am

Biarritz, Aug 26 (IBNS): Amid tension between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue, Narendra Modi on Monday met US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G7 Summit where he said the issues between India and Pakistan are 'bilateral in nature' and both nations could sort them out.

"The issues of India and Pakistan are bilateral. I believe together we can sort out our issues," Modi told media with Trump sitting by his side.

Highlighting that Kashmir issue was discussed between them, Trump said, "US is a good friend with both India and Pakistan."

Trump said the PM has informed him that the situation in Kashmir is under control.

"Prime Minister really feels he has it under control. They speak with Pakistan and I'm sure that they will be able to do something," he said.

Modi said during his meeting with Trump the issue of enhancing trade between the two countries was discussed.

"Both India and US work on democratic values," Modi said.

"India and America regularly hold talks on business and economic sector. On many issues, we welcome suggestions of America," Modi said.

Both the leaders are currently visiting France to attend the G7 Summit.

The Indian government scrapped the Article 370 which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The government bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir with an assembly and Ladakh without an assembly.

Article 35A of the Indian Constitution allowed the Jammu and Kashmir state's legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and also provided special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.

Article 370 allowed Jammu and Kashmir to have its own constitution, flag and right to handle its own laws except on matters that impact national security.

The decision had further escalated tension between India and Pakistan in recent times.

US President Donald Trump has often offered to work as a mediator between the two nations to solve the Kashmir issue following Pakistan PM Imran Khan's visit to USA.