Trump speaks with Modi and Khan amid India-Pakistan tensions

Trump speaks with Modi and Khan amid India-Pakistan tensions
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE on Monday spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan amid simmering tensions between the two Indo-Pacific nations.

Trump and Modi discussed regional developments involving Washington and New Delhi and how the two nations might strengthen economic ties, according to a White House readout of the call.

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"The President conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and maintaining peace in the region," the White House said.

The White House later said that Trump spoke with Khan for the second time in four days about the tensions in the Kashmir and Jammu regions.

"The President reaffirmed the need to avoid escalation of the situation, and urged restraint on both sides," the White House said.

The two men also discussed economic ties and trade.

India and Pakistan have for decades disputed the territory of Kashmir, but tensions flared earlier this year following a February suicide attack that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers in the part of Kashmir controlled by India.

When Khan visited the White House last month, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that Modi had asked him if he would like to mediate the Kashmir dispute and that he would be willing to do so.

But India has denied making such a request, stating instead that the matter needs to be resolved through bilateral discussions with Pakistan.

Reuters noted that India's government said on Monday that Modi told Trump he is hopeful trade negotiations between the two countries will resume soon.

The U.S. in June revoked India's special trade status and has threatened tariffs.

Updated at 7:26 p.m.