24 September 2019
New York: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he feels Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the message on terrorism to Pakistan "loud and clear" through the 'Howdy, Modi!' event, adding that it would be great if both India and Pakistan can "take care of Kashmir".
Trump, who a day ago said that he was open to mediate on Kashmir during his bilateral with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, appeared to backtrack on Tuesday, and sounded cautious on the issue, saying that it would be great if Modi and Imran Khan can sit down and work out the issue.
Trump also said that he hopes a trade deal with India would be on the table soon.
To a question if he had broached the issue of terror with Imran Khan, Trump hedged and said that he "thinks that it will happen".
"I believe these two great gentlemen will sit down and work it out. I believe in Modi and Khan, and that if they get along, and will get along, great things will happen," Trump said.
Asked about a message to Pakistan on terror, he said he feels Prime Minister Modi gave a strong message to Pakistan on terror during the 'Howdy, Modi!' event in Houston on Sunday.
"I think he gave the message loud and clear, it was a pretty loud message," Trump said.
Modi had called for a definitive move against terror on Sunday and had asked the audience at the NRG Stadium in Houston to give a standing ovation to Trump for his determination to fight terrorism.