US, India, Pakistan, Kashmir, Trump, Imran Khan, UNSCAfter the UN Security Council closed-consultation, the United States President Donald Trump on Friday urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to initiate bilateral dialogue to reduce tensions on Kashmir issue between the two neighbouring nations.

Trump was in a telephonic conversation with Khan hours before the UNSC meeting convened in New York.

with Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan to discuss regional developments and to follow up on the Prime Minister’s successful visit to Washington, D.C., last month,”

In a statement released after the interaction, Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said that the conversation was a follow-up to Khan’s Washington visit earlier in July. The two national leaders discussed developments in various sectors, it said.

Addressing the Islamabad media after the telephonic conversation, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Prime Minister Khan has made Islamabad’s stand on Jammu and Kashmir issue to the U.S. President.

Direct connection has been set up with all permanent members of the security council, but one, Qureshi added.

Nevertheless, the China-Pakistan axis failed ton at the UNSC closed-door meeting on Friday. The majority of the Council members refused to take up the Kashmir matter and refused to endorse China’s position.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nation Syed Akbaruddin said that matters related to Article 370 of Indian Constitution “were entirely an internal matter of India”.

Referring to the UN representatives of China and Pakistan who addressed the media before him, Akbaruddin said the national statements were sought to be passed off as the will of the international community.

(With inputs from ANI)

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