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Moderate rhetoric with India: Donald Trump tells Imran Khan after phone call with PM Narendra Modi

Modi-Trump-Imran Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 20, 2019, 09.36 AM (IST)

President of the United States Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to 'moderate rhetoric' with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir to reduce tensions.

According to a statement released by the White House, “President Donald J. Trump spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Imran Khan today to discuss the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir."

The US President also reaffirmed the need to avoid escalation of the situation, and urged restraint on both sides.

This White House statement came after a 30-minute conversation between PM Narendra Modi and Donald Trump, during which the Indian leader raised the issue "extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence" by leaders of Pakistan.

PM Modi told US President Donald Trump that extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region were not conducive to peace.

After India abrogated provision of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, Imran Khan has been venting out his ire against the India.

In his tweets, Pakistan PM Imran compared Indian leadership with Hitler and the Nazi party, which shows sign of frustration in Islamabad.

Khan on Sunday had said the world must seriously consider the safety and security of India's nuclear arsenal as it impacts not just the region but the world.

This is the second conversation between Imran Khan and Donald Trump in the last four days. Pakistani Prime Minister had called US President on Friday, just before the United Nations security council consultation meet.

Pakistan has been hoping the US will mediate between New Delhi and Islamabad, but Washington has made it clear both the neighbours need to bilaterally resolve all issues.

(With inputs from agencies)