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Trump tells Modi Kashmir situation is “under control”

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US President Donald Trump said there was no need to mediate between Pakistan and India over tensions in Kashmir because Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi feels “in control” of the situation during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit on Monday.

Earlier this month, Trump said he was willing to mediate between the two sides, but said during a meeting with Modi at a Group of Seven summit in Biarritz on Monday that “the prime minister (of India) really feels that the situation is under control.”

Tensions in Kashmir escalated after the Hindu nationalist government of Modi abolished self-rule on August 5, angering Pakistan.

Trump said he had spoken “long” about Kashmir with Modi on Sunday.

On Tuesday, after contact with Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump offered to mediate in what he called the “explosive” situation in Kashmir.

“Kashmir is a very complex region. There are Hindus and Muslims and I don’t think they agree very much,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “I will do what I can to mediate” in this crisis.

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