Trump, Modi discuss Maldives, Afghanistan, Myanmar, N.Korea over a phone-call

PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump in Manila Philippines

PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump in Manila Philippines

US President Donald Trump has spoken to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi over the phone, the White House said in a statement today.

As envoys for the Yameen administration have been sent to China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the USA joined India in condemning the political crackdown.

While the crisis in the Maldives "seemed to be the point of the call" on Thursday, according to the Hindustan Times, little on the issue was included in the readout, except that the two leaders "expressed concern". "However, the dates proposed were not suitable for the Indian leadership", Maldivian envoy Ahmed Mohamed told the Press Trust of India.

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". However, the Government had refused to listen to the pleas. U.S. recognition of India's primacy in the region, including in Afghanistan, is driving Pakistan and China insane, but the read-out makes it clear there is no rethink on President Trump's South Asia strategy that includes holding Pakistan's feet to the fire for its support of terrorism.

Burma, also known as Myanmar, denies it has targeted civilians and said its actions are directed against Rohingya extremists.

The two leaders spoke on enhancing security in Indo-Pacific region, Afghan war, ongoing political crisis in the Maldives, the situation of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees and North Koreas nuclear program. "President Trump and Prime Minister Modi then discussed further steps to ensure denuclearization of North Korea", it continued.

According to a report by The Washington Post last month, the US President takes PM Modi's view of Afghanistan very seriously but doesn't hesitate to imitate Modi's accent.

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