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India committed towards regional peace: PM Modi to President Trump

File photo. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 19, 2019, 08.20 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had a telephone conversation with US President Trump. The thirty-minute conversation covered bilateral and regional matters.

During the phone call, PM Modi recalled the meeting with Trump in Osaka on the margins of the G-20 summit in June.

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Referring to their bilateral discussions in Osaka, PM Modi expressed the hope that the commerce minister of India and the US Trade Representative would meet at an early date to discuss bilateral trade prospects.

"Certain nations are spreading anti-India propaganda," the Indian prime minister told the US president during the phone call, adding that India is committed towards regional peace.

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PM Modi said during the conversation that extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace. The Indian prime minister highlighted the importance of creating an environment "free from terror and violence and eschewing cross-border terrorism without exception."

The Indian prime minister reiterated India’s commitment to cooperate with anyone who followed the path of peace and in fighting poverty, illiteracy and disease. 

Recalling that today marked the one hundred years of the independence of Afghanistan, PM Modi reiterated India’s longstanding and unwavering commitment to work for a united, democratic and independent Afghanistan with the US president.

PM Modi stated that he appreciated remaining in regular touch with President Trump. After the phone call, the White House said Trump stressed the need to reduce India-Pakistan tensions.

"The president conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and maintaining peace in the region," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

"The two leaders further discussed how they will continue to strengthen United States-India economic ties through increased trade, and they look forward to meeting again soon," the statement added.

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PM Modi reiterated India’s longstanding and unwavering commitment to work for united, democratic and independent Afghanistan with the US president.