Trump to meet with India’s Modi in Texas, Australia’s Morrison in Ohio

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President Trump will meet with the leaders of India and Australia next weekend to underscore relations between the countries, the White House announced Sunday.

Trump will participate in an event with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Houston that will “emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India,” according to the White House.

{mosads}The president will then meet with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for a tour of an Australian-owned manufacturing plant in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Trump has met with Modi several times before, most recently on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, at the end of last month.

Trump said the two spoke about the escalating dispute in Kashmir.

The conflict between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory has persisted for decades, but tensions flared earlier this year after a suicide attack killed more than 40 Indian soldiers in the Indian portion of the region.

American lawmakers have called on Trump to intervene in the situation. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is slated to meet with the president in the U.S. later this month, where he is expected to lobby for U.S. support.  

Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party secured a majority in the Indian government earlier this year.

The meeting with Morrison in Ohio coincides with the Australian leader’s invitation to Trump’s second state dinner on Sept. 20.

He will be the second world leader Trump has welcomed for a state dinner, after French President Emmanuel Macron in April 2018.

Trump last met with Morrison for a working dinner at the Group of 20 summit in June, where the president highlighted the longstanding relationship between the two countries.

Morrison is a populist conservative who won a surprise third term in May.

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