Kashmir issue: Imran Khan speaks to Donald Trump over phone

Pakistan has also contacted four of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

Updated - August 17, 2019 02:22 pm IST

Published - August 16, 2019 09:33 pm IST - Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, July 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday discussed the Kashmir issue with U.S. President Donald Trump over phone, as the U.N. Security Council held a closed door meeting to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Khan took the U.S. President “into confidence” regarding the U.N. Security Council meeting at the U.N. headquarters after the Indian government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Prime Minister Khan conveyed Pakistan’s concern over recent developments in Kashmir and the threat they pose to the regional peace,” Qureshi was quoted as saying by the state-run Radio Pakistan.

The Foreign Minister said the conversation between the two leaders was held in a “cordial environment”. They also agreed to remain in contact over the Kashmir issue, he said.

They also discussed the situation in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Khan said Pakistan has been playing a “constructive role to bring peace in Afghanistan and it made efforts in past and will do so in future too.”

Qureshi, during a press conference, said Pakistan has contacted four of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and are “also trying to contact French President so that his country understands our position“.

The U.N. Security Council on Friday held a rare closed door meeting to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan, backed by its all-weather ally, China, requested “closed consultations” on the issue.

The meeting was open only to the five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members.

China, a permanent member of the UNSC and close ally of Pakistan, had asked for “closed consultations” in the Council.

On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Reacting to India’s decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi.

India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.

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