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11:53 PM, June 02, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:02 AM, June 03, 2020

Modi, Trump discuss India-China border tension and US protests

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump today discussed over telephone the ongoing border tension between India and China, and the civil disturbances in the US over the death of a black man in police custody.

"Prime Minister Modi expressed concern regarding the ongoing civil disturbances in the US and conveyed his best wishes for an early resolution of the situation," the Indian Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

It said the two leaders also exchanged views on other issues such as the Covid-19 situation in the two countries and the need for reforms in the World Health Organization (WHO), reports our New Delhi correspondent.

The PMO statement did not elaborate on what Modi and Trump discussed about the standoff between the militaries of India and China near their unresolved border in Ladakh.

Trump had last week offered to mediate between India and China, an offer that China rejected, stating that the two neighbours are capable of properly resolving the issues through dialogue and consultation.

The US had on Monday said it was "extremely concerned" by the Chinese "aggression" against India along the Line of Actual Control.

"I strongly urge China to respect norms and use diplomacy and existing mechanisms to resolve its border questions with India," said Elliot Engel, chief of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

India has said the Chinese military was obstructing normal patrolling by Indian troops along the de facto border in Ladakh and rejected Beijing's contention that the escalating tension between the two armies was triggered by trespassing of Indian forces on the Chinese side.

India and China were locked in a 73-day military standoff in Doklam plateau in the eastern Himalayas near the border with Bhutan in 2017 before it was diplomatically resolved.

During the 40-minute long conversation today, Trump invited Modi to the Group of Seven (G7) Summit in the US, the statement said.

"President Trump spoke about the US Presidency of the Group of Seven and conveyed his desire to expand the ambit of the grouping beyond the existing membership to include other important countries including India," it said.

Modi commended Trump for his "creative and far-sighted approach acknowledging the fact that such an expanded forum would be in keeping with the emerging realities of the post-Covid world."

The Indian premier also said that India would be happy to work with the US and other countries to ensure the success of the proposed summit, the statement said.

"The exceptional warmth and candour of the conversation reflected the special nature of the Indo-US ties as well as the friendship and mutual esteem between both leaders," it added.

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