Trump, Modi discuss situation on India-China border, extension in G7

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NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday had a telephonic conversation during which the two leaders exchanged views on the situation on the India-China border.

The conversation took place amid a stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh after skirmish last month in Sikkim.

A PMO release said that the two leaders discussed the COVID-19 situation in the two countries and need for reforms in the World Health Organisation. “The two leaders also exchanged views on other topical issues, such as the COVID-19 situation in the two countries, the situation on the India-China border and the need for reforms in the World Health Organisation,” the release said

Donald Trump on phone

This is the first interaction between the two leaders since the US President offered to mediate in the “raging border dispute” between India and China.  Both India and China later said they were engaged to resolve the border issue.

Disturbances in US

Narendra Modi expressed concern regarding the ongoing civil disturbances in the US and conveyed his best wishes for an early resolution of the situation. A PMO release said that the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues including the next G-7 Summit the situation on the India-China border and the need for reforms in the World Health Organisation.

G-7 summit

Trump had called Modi to invite him to the G7 summit in the US later this year. The development comes days after the US president described the G7 group of industrialized countries as “very outdated” and postponed the summit to September. Trump also said that he would like to include India, Russia, South Korea, and Australia in the meeting.

Earlier, Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would postpone a Group of Seven summit he had hoped to hold next month until September or later and expand the list of invitees to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India.

The group, comprising France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, the UK, and Canada, was scheduled to meet in June. The summit was postponed to September after German Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to travel to the US amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Russia was added to the G7 to make it G8 in the mid-1990s and was a member of the so-called G8 till 2014, when it was removed following its annexation of Crimea.