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Modi and Trumps talks over phone: Discusses about Maldives, Myanmar, Afghanistan and North Korea
Posted on: 09-02-2018 , 10:53:AM | DY365 Bureau

 Picture Courtesy: Hindustan Times

February 09, 2018: On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump had a discussion over the phone as stated by the White House.


Reportedly, expressing concern both the leaders discussed about the political crisis going on in Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law. 


It may be stated that Maldives plunged into a political chaos on last Thursday when the apex court ordered the release of nine imprisoned opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were “politically motivated and flawed”.


Besides this, Modi and Trump also discussed about the war in Afghanistan and also exchanged views on Myanmar and ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees, the White House said in a readout of the phone call between Trump and Modi, the first in this year.


According to the White House, during the call, Trump and Modi discussed further steps to ensure denuclearization of North Korea. Although India and North Korea maintain diplomatic offices in each other's capitals, New Delhi has banned trade of most goods with the country, except for food and medicine.


The two leaders also pledged to continue working together to enhance security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.


“Finally, 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 Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman from India along with their American counterpart's secretary of state Rex Tillerson and defense secretary Jim Mattis.


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