Indian PM Modi appears with US President Donald Trump at US rally

Wednesday, 25 Sep, 2019

Talking to reporters in NY, the foreign minister said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been showing only one side of the story to the world, while the Pakistani side showed Trump the other side. "President Trump and my American friends, I am only saying 'Everything is fine!' in different languages of India", and further stressed that India's diversity is the country's strength. Michael Kugelman, a south Asia expert at the Wilson Center, in Washington DC, said while Modi generally prefered to keep quiet about Kashmir with global audiences, it was unsurprising that he had raised the issue in Texas.

The prime minister said India would increase the share of non-fossil fuel energy.

Earlier, addressing a press talk with Imran, the U.S. president noted that Kashmir's was a complex issue that had been going on for a long time, but emphasised that arbitration could not be carried out unless both parties involved welcome it.

"What India has done, is bothering those people who are not able to handle their own country", he said, targeting Pakistan, which has been attacking India over revocation of special status in Kashmir.

Trump took a dig at him and asked, "Are you from his (Imran Khan) team? I was sitting there, and I heard a very aggressive statement yesterday from India from the prime minister", Trump told the media while sitting next to Prime Minister Imran Khan. I'd like to see everything work out. "I want everybody to be treated well". "He is my friend but he is also a good friend of India".

The "Howdy, Modi" event held at an NFL football stadium on Sunday (Sept 22) was billed as a Texas-sized celebration of Indian-American ties.

President Trump vowed to support India; pledging renewed military cooperation as the country continues its ongoing struggle over the disputed Kashmir region.

"Trump was just playing with both sides", said Ayesha Siddiqa, a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. "I honestly feel that this crisis is going to get much bigger, what is happening in Kashmir".

Describing the ambitious Jal Jeevan mission that includes water conservation, rainwater harvesting and water resource development, the Prime Minister stated over $50 billion will be spent on the project.