File photo of US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Reuters )
Donald Trump's participation will give a clear message to Pakistan ahead of annual UN General Assembly session when Narendra Modi and Imran Khan are scheduled to address global leaders on Kasmir issue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing Indian-Americans at Howdy Modi event in Houston, Texas on September 22.
In a major diplomatic development, President Donald Trump will also attend the event which will celebrate the contributions of Indian-Americans. The diaspora summit is being organised by the Texas India Forum.
It is a big diplomatic boost for India and shows the proximity between the two leaders. Trump's participation also symbolises that the ties between India and the US remain intact and strategic partnership continues to grow despite the countries facing some tensions like the trade conflict.
Trump and Modi are expected to discuss ways to deepen the energy and trade ties between the world's oldest and largest democracies
It will also be a good opportunity for Trump to interact with a strong crowd of over 50,000 Indian-Americans who are an influential voter base in the US.
Elections are due in the US in 2020 and Texas is estimated to have more than 2.5 lakh Indian-Americans.
It also means clear support to India on the Kashmir issue. Earlier at G7 Summit in August, Trump had clarified that the US considers Kashmir a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
This will certainly give jitters to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who had claimed a victory after Trump on July 22 had announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to meditate.
Pakistan stands isolated on the global front. Ignoring Khan's appeal, Islamic countries have also maintained that Kashmir is India's integral issue. Left with no choice, Imran Khan and his ministers have been threatening India with a Nuclear War.
The event will give a clear message to Pakistan ahead of annual UN General Assembly session on September 27 when Modi and Imran are scheduled to address global leaders on Kasmir issue.
(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed above are the personal views of the author and do not reflect the views of ZMCL)