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US President Donald Trump dials PM Narendra Modi: Here's what the two leaders discussed

"Both leaders expressed concern about the political crisis in Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law," the White House said in a readout of the phone call between Trump and Modi.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Washington [ Updated: February 09, 2018 8:55 IST ]
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump spoke to PM Narendra Modi on Thursday and discussed the political situation in Maldives, denuclearisation of North Korea and enhancing security in Indo-Pacific region, the White House said. 

"Both leaders expressed concern about the political crisis in Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law," the White House said in a readout of the phone call between Trump and Modi.

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". 

As per the White House statement, during the call, Trump and Modi even discussed steps to ensure denuclearisation of North Korea. 

The two leaders even exchanged views on Myanmar and ways to address the plight of the Rohingya refugees. As of now there are some 680,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh putting enormous pressure in the economy of Bangladesh.  

The leaders pledged to continue working together to enhance security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. "Affirming President Trump's South Asia strategy, they reiterated their commitment to supporting Afghanistan's security and stability," the White House said. 

"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. 

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