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PM Modi, US Prez Trump discuss Afghanistan, Maldives, North Korea over phone call

The White House has said that United States President Donald Trump spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a phone call, pledging to enhance security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

In a readout of phone call betweeen Trump and Modi,  the White House said: “Both the leaders expressed concern about the political crisis in the Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and the rule of law.” The telephonic conversation between the two leader comes amid the political turmoil unfolding in the island-state, Maldives.

Affirming President Trump’s South-Asia strategy, the two leaders also reiterated their commitment to supporting Afghanistan’s security and stability, the White House added.

During the conversation, the two leaders also discussed the war in Afghanistan, the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and North Korea’s nuclear programme.

The leaders agreed to strengthen security and economic cooperation as they look forward to the ‘2+2’ ministerial dialogue between their defence and diplomatic officials in April, the White House said.

The ‘2+2 dialogue’ was announced after the White House meeting between Modi and Trump in June 2017. The dialogue would involve External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman from India along with their American counterparts Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

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