New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday spoke to US President Donald Trump on telephone and the two leaders discussed the situation on the India-China border and the ongoing civil disturbances in the United States over the death of an African-American man in police custody, the government said in a statement.

"Prime Minister Modi expressed concern regarding the ongoing civil disturbances in the US, and conveyed his best wishes for an early resolution of the situation. The two leaders also exchanged views on other topical issues, such as the COVID-19 situation in the two countries, the situation on the India-China border, and the need for reforms in the World Health Organisation," the official statement said. 

Following the meeting, PM Modi tweeted: "Had a warm and productive conversation with my friend President @realDonaldTrump. We discussed his plans for the US Presidency of G-7, the COVID-19 pandemic, and many other issues."

The US on Monday had said it was "extremely concerned" by the Chinese aggression against India along the Line of Actual Control. 

Last week, reacting to Trump's offer to mediate between the two countries to settle the festering dispute, India had said that it was engaged with China to resolve the border issue. 

The trigger for the face-off was China's opposition to India laying a key road in the finger area around Pangong Tso Lake, besides construction of another road connecting Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.

The sources said China was also laying a road in the finger area, which is not acceptable to India. The sources said military reinforcements including troops, vehicles and artillery guns were sent to eastern Ladakh by the Indian Army to shore up its presence in the areas where Chinese soldiers were resorting to aggressive posturing.

The situation in eastern Ladakh deteriorated after around 250 Chinese and Indian soldiers were engaged in a face-off on May 5, which spilled over to the next day before the two sides agreed to "disengage". However, the standoff continued.

During the telephonic conversation, Trump also invited PM Modi to the Group of Seven or G7 Summit in the US. PM Modi commended Trump for his creative and far-sighted approach, acknowledging the fact that such an expanded forum would be in keeping with the emerging realities of the post-COVID world.  

"President Trump spoke about the US Presidency of the Group of Seven, and conveyed his desire to expand the ambit of the grouping beyond the existing membership, to include other important countries including India. In this context, he extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to attend the next G-7 Summit to be held in USA," the statement said. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta