The development helped Shanghai blue chips recoup early losses to rise by 0.3 per cent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan also moved up by 0.3 per cent.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Sitharaman said that the Commerce Ministry is working on the trade deal with Washington and hopes to conclude the negotiations soon.

India has maintained that its constitutional decisions on Kashmir is its internal matter -- a stance that has been supported by many countries around the world.

The Prime Minister's response came after Congress leader Milind Deora termed Modi's Houston visit a "momentous first for India's soft power diplomacy."

This is the 15th edition of the joint exercise hosted alternately between the two countries. Both armies jointly training, planning and executing a series of well-developed operations for neutralisation of various threats.

A joint military training, Exercise Yudh Abhyas- 2019 is being conducted in Washington. The training is organised at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. As part of ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation, it is being conducted from September 5 to 18. Exercise Yudh Abhyas is one of the largest joint running military training & defence corporation endeavors between India and USA. This is the 15th edition of joint exercise, which is hosted alternately between the two countries.

The MSCI's broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.1 per cent. The Shanghai Composite Index was up by 0.4 per cent, South Korea's KOSPI rose by 0.7 per cent and Japan's Nikkei was up by 0.4 per cent.

The latest launch came just five days after Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has downplayed the testing, outlining that no part of the Singapore agreement was being violated through the launches -- a facet which was referenced in the letter.

Margo said that he spoke to Trump briefly about the incident. "He was very gracious, offered to help in any way he could. It was a brief call," he was quoted by CNN as saying in a press conference.

Trump's claim of such a request being made was rejected External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Parliament. He had emphasised that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally.