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Mohammad bin Salman calls up Imran Khan over Kashmir

On August 7, Imran Khan had called up the Saudi royal over Kashmir

Tuesday August 20, 2019 3:30 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Mohammad bin Salman with Imran Khan

[Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, popularly known as MbS, with Imran Khan in a file photo.]

Islamabad: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had a telephonic conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the Kashmir situation.

The Monday night phone call comes a fortnight after Khan had called up the Saudi Crown Prince to inform him about India's move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Both the leaders discussed a host of issues including the ongoing Kashmir crisis. Khan briefed the Saudi royal about the situation in "Indian occupied Kashmir", said Pakistani media reports.

The Crown Prince's phone call came hours after US President Donald Trump spoke with Khan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and urged both sides to defuse tensions over Kashmir.

"Spoke to my two good friends, Prime Minister Modi of India, and Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan, regarding trade, strategic partnerships and, most importantly, for India and Pakistan to work towards reducing tensions in Kashmir. A tough situation, but good conversations," Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump first called up Modi earlier on Monday during which they held a 30-minute talk. Modi conveyed that "extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace", in a reference to the Pakistani leadership spewing anti-India venom over the Kashmir issue.

On August 7, Khan had called up the Saudi royal over Kashmir. The two leaders had "discussed the development of the situation in the region and efforts exerted towards it", the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

"The Crown Prince was also briefed by the Pakistani Prime Minister on the latest developments in Kashmir," it added.

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