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Prime Minister Modi tells Trump hopeful India, U.S. will meet soon to discuss trade

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Prime Minister Modi tells Trump hopeful India, U.S. will meet soon to discuss trade
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump attends a bilateral meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo   -   Copyright  Kevin Lamarque(Reuters)
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NEWDELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told U.S. President Donald Trump that he is hopeful that representatives from the two countries will meet again soon to discuss trade issues, the government said in a statement on Monday.

Modi expressed hope that India’s commerce minister and the U.S. trade representative would meet soon to discuss bilateral trade prospects, the government said.

Washington confirmed the leaders had spoken on Monday. “The two leaders further discussed how they will continue to strengthen United States-India economic ties through increased trade, and they look forward to meeting again soon,” the White House said.

U.S. and Indian trade negotiators ended talks in July without making major progress on a range of disputes over tariffs and other protectionist measures imposed by both sides that are straining bilateral ties, officials have told Reuters.

The two sides had resumed trade talks after Trump and Modi met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in June and agreed to seek to deepen the two countries’ relationship.

Trump also stressed the need to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan, the White House said. India and Pakistan, neighbours and nuclear rivals, are embroiled in fresh tensions over Kashmir and Jammu.

(Reporting by Aditi Shah; Additional reporting by Jeff Mason in Washington; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Jonathan Oatis)

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