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Second Modi-Trump meeting to take place on Monday in France

File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and US President Donald Trump (L). Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, India Aug 25, 2019, 08.42 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

PM Modi is all set to meet US President Donald Trump on Monday at around 3.45 pm in France. The meeting is expected to last around 45 minutes till 4.30 pm.

The engagement will take place on the sidelines of the ongoing G7 Summit in Biarritz. This will be the second time when both world leaders will meet this year. They last met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan a couple of months back.

Both the leaders will come face to face for the first time at the G7 Summit during Cultural Program and Leaders’ Dinner on Sunday evening. 

The ongoing India-Pak situation in the backdrop of New Delhi removing the special status for the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir is bound to be discussed. 

"India’s decision to rescind Article 370 in Kashmir is an internal decision, but certainly with regional implications. And President Trump will likely want to hear how Prime Minister Modi intends to calm regional tensions in light of this significant move", a senior Trump administration official said during a teleconference on Trumps's G7 Summit.

Donald Trump has offered to mediate on Kashmir three times, something that has irked New Delhi which has made it clear that India, Pakistan ties follow Simla and Lahore agreements according to which no third party mediation is acceptable. Trade, defence ties and the Afghan peace process will also be discussed. 

Senior Trump administration official said, "They will look for solutions on the trade front. The US is looking at India to reduce tariffs and open its markets."

Last week both the leaders spoke during which India had raised the rhetoric coming from Islamabad since August 5 that impacts regional stability. 

All in all, PM Modi will have 4 bilaterals on the sidelines of the G7 Summit.

India is "Biarritz partner" country along with Australia, Chile, South Africa, Rwanda, Senegal, Egypt and Burkina Faso. Climate, biodiversity will be the main focuses of the 45th G7 Summit whose theme is "combating inequality".

It is after a gap of more than 10 years that India has been invited at the G7 Summit, the last time being 2005 when the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair had invited the then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Gleneagles Summit.

On Thursday PM was in France on a state visit and met with French President Emmanuel Macron for the 5th time.

PM Modi visited France in 2017 followed by the visit of the French President in 2018 and then meetings on the sidelines of G20 Summit in Argentina and Japan in December 2018 and June 2019, respectively. After his France visit, the prime minister went to the UAE and Bahrain where he met with the top leadership and launched RuPay card.

PM Modi is back in France for the G7 Summit.